I’ve sort of been staying out of the controversy over Nintendo employee Alison Rapp. Why? Well, for one, I’ve been moving away from that sort of thing and so I just don’t feel like engaging with some of my hypocritical critics within GamerGate. But, since I’ve written more about GG than anyone else on the planet, fuck ’em. I’ll put out whatever I want. If they don’t like that, I’m sure they can go write their local representatives.
The other reason I figured it was time to weigh in on this is because The Daily Mirror, a big British tabloid, jumped in yesterday. Here’s what they had to say…
Nintendo is facing calls to sack a feminist employee who penned a highly controversial academic essay questioning whether it was morally correct to censor child pornography.
A number of people have taken to Twitter and urged the the Japanese firm to fire Alison Rapp, who works as a product marketing specialist for Nintendo of America and has been responsible for promoting some the family-friendly firms’ most famous games.
In 2012, she published a paper discussing child pornography in Japan, which has come under international pressure to tighten its laws on the depiction of underage sex.
Rapp, who wears a ring through her nose and tweets using the language of combative modern feminism, then drew the attention of male activists, who dug out the old paper earlier this year and began discussing it in Reddit threads and publishing articles on Medium.
I like how the Mirror pointed out her nose ring. You gotta love that classic tabloid tweaking. Well, you don’t have to, but I do. Anyway, this woman is a sicko, I don’t know how else to put it. Advocates of child pornography should not be working at a place like Nintendo in any capacity whatsoever. She’s not a journalist or some sort of thought-leader. She works for a video game company who markets their products to children. Since I feel like there is a massive distinction there, I think she should either step down or be fired, immediately.
If you have children, I would ask that you to petition Nintendo personally at the customer service line listed below. I would advise against emails for something like this, although if that’s all you can do, send one of those. Also, old-school letters through the mail might be a good idea as well. Highlight your disgust and tell the Nintendo rep that you don’t plan to buy any more of their products so long as Ms. Rapp is on staff. Spread this all over social media. Get other parents to call in as well. She is now on the ropes with this Mirror report, so it might not take much more to get her out of there.
It’s time to close the deal, people.