IGDA Issues Apology For "Inappropriate" Costumes At GDC
Some will say that extreme political correctness strikes again. Others will say an apology was definitely in order.
The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has issued an apology for a party that was held this past week at GDC 2013.
Executive director Kate Edwards issued a statement saying the organization understands that some of the costumes worn at the party were "inappropriate," as were some of those costume-wearers actions. She also said the group doesn't condone such activities:
"As many of you know, the IGDA was a co-presenter of the YetiZen party Tuesday evening. We recognize that some of the performers' costumes at the party were inappropriate, and also some of the activities they performed were not what we expected or approved.
We regret that the IGDA was involved in this situation. We do not condone activities that objectify or demean women or any other group of people. One of the core values of the IGDA is encouraging inclusion and diversity. Obviously we need to be more vigilant in our efforts. We intend to be so in the future."
Apparently, it was bad enough to cause IGDA board members Brenda Romera and Darius Kazemi to resign. Is this part of the reason we really don't see booth babes, anymore? Just not PC, right? Too demeaning...? Or were the costumes at this party just beyond ridiculous? I don't know, I wasn't there, but some who were are saying everyone just plain overreacted...as they tend to do these days.
3/29/2013 11:46:01 AM Ben Dutka