Turtle Rock Community Manager Fired For Twitter Comments
Turtle Rock gave us Left 4 Dead and they're currently working on the very promising Evolve.
But now they're in the news for a different reason.
They've fired former community manager Josh Olin after he Tweeted about embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling was recently banned for life from the NBA and given the maximum $2.5 million fine for making racial comments to his girlfriend. Olin first Tweeted that Sterling was a "victim."
Turtle Rock apologized for Olin's comments, saying they don't represent the community's values. But Olin later clarified his comments to Kotaku:
"Anyone who follows me knows my tweets were not in support of Sterling's actions. Rather, they were promoting three core tenets I believe in: 1) The harm sensational media presents to society. 2) The importance and sanctity of your privacy within your own home. And 3) The right to be whatever you want to be as an American, as long as it isn't hurting anyone else. That last point not to be confused with condoning Sterling's actions, which I don't."
Olin added that he was disappointed that Turtle Rock and 2K "bought into this hysteria without even having a conversation with me." He also added on his Twitter page that he was attacking sensational media and defending free speech, and he stands by that.
So, should he have been fired? I'm not about to jump onto that land mine but you discuss among yourselves.
5/1/2014 9:25:56 PM Ben Dutka