One last thing before I grab some pizza and disappear into the mists:
About a week ago, I sent patrickklepek a message on Tumblr asking for something, anything, about this whole situation, and I have yet to get a response from him. Now, of course, he gets a lot of messages, and maybe he saw it, maybe he didn’t, or maybe he’ll get to it eventually.
Anyway, as it stands, I’m feeling a little disheartened. There hasn’t been so much as a peep out of anyone on staff addressing the community’s concerns about diversity. They’ve addressed the backlash to that concern, but they’ve said nothing else related to it. I’m hoping that there is a reason for this besides “we just don’t care.” Perhaps:
A) They don’t want to make Dan and Jason feel bad or unwelcome, so they’re trying to avoid saying anything like, “We’re sorry, we goofed. We’ll try to do better next time.” A statement like that is, actually, perfectly fine. It doesn’t reflect on Dan and Jason as people or professionals, but it could feel awkward to make.
B) More likely, there are legal reasons why they can’t comment on this. CBSi is a huge fucking company with a fuck-ton of company policies. Now, I can’t even begin to imagine what, specifically, would prohibit them from discussing diversity, but it’s entirely conceivable that CBS might not want one of their properties getting involved in a discussion related to diversity and discrimination among their employees (I don’t think there’s any active discrimination involved, but it’s a subject that CBS would likely be afraid of having come up).
Bottom line, I can’t imagine that Jeff or, especially, Patrick would be shy about, or unwilling to, even address these concerns in passing, especially when Jeff and (again, especially) Patrick have been so vocal about diversity and opposing industry bullshit in the past. It feels like they’ve been muzzled.
Regardless of the reason, it’s hard not to feel betrayed. Jeff is (was?) my favorite person in the industry, and Patrick is (was?) probably the person I respect the most in the industry. I’m undecided about whether I should continue to reach out to Patrick, perhaps via GB PMs, or reach out to jeffgerstmann at all. I’m sure I wouldn’t be the first person to do so.
Anyway, that’s probably the last I’ll say about all this for now, unless prompted or provoked for more. I am still hugely bummed, and Giant Bomb has become a bit tarnished in my eyes, but I’m still mostly on board and will continue posting here.