John Gibson, the CEO of the video gaming company Tripwire, was essentially fired on Monday after he tweeted his support for the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Texas “fetal heartbeat” bill banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
Gibson tweeted on Saturday: “Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat. As an entertainer I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer.”
Following the tweet and over-the-top outrage by leftists, Tripwire caved to social justice proponents and forced Gibson to step down. The company released a statement on Monday that co-founder and Vice President Alan Wilson will take his place as interim CEO.
“The comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion, and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company,” the statement declared. “His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners and much of our broader community. Our leadership team at Tripwire are deeply sorry and are unified in our commitment to take swift action and to foster a more positive environment.”
Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat. As an entertainer I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer.
— John Gibson (@RammJaeger) September 4, 2021
A statement regarding recent events.
— Tripwire Interactive (@TripwireInt) September 7, 2021
There was a massive backlash in the gaming community after Gibson made his opinion known on the Texas abortion law. A number of gaming developers announced they would no longer work with Tripwire after Gibson’s tweet voicing his pro-life stance on abortion.
Gaming developer Shipwright Studios, which had previously collaborated with Tripwire, harshly responded to the tweet with their own: “While your politics are your own, the moment you make them a matter of public discourse you entangle all of those working for and with you. We have worked closely alongside the talented and passionate developers at Tripwire and your partners for the last 3+ years.”
“We know it is difficult for employees to speak up or act out in these scenarios, and they may not feel comfortable to speak their minds,” the tweeted statement continued. “It is regrettable, but we feel it would be doing ourselves, your employees, your partners, and the industry as a whole a disservice to allow this pattern to continue without comment.”
“We started Shipwright with the idea that it was finally time to put our money where our mouth is. We cannot in good conscience continue to work with Tripwire under the current leadership structure. We will begin the cancellation of our existing contracts effective immediately,” the statement concluded.
— Shipwright Studios (@shipwrightstdio) September 5, 2021
According to Dexerto.com, Twitch streamer Ben ‘CohhCarnage’ Cassell instigated a very effective, viral boycott against Tripwire as well.
“Oh… oh wow. So sorry for the folks at Tripwire Interaction who have to have this person as their leader. Doubly so for the people at Chivalry and Torn Banner Studios who chose to make someone like this their publisher,” he stated. “I’ll be stepping away from these games and won’t support that company.”
Oh… oh wow.
So sorry for the folks at @TripwireInt who have to have this person as their leader.
I'll be stepping away from these games and won't support that company. https://t.co/t36KiJLEB0
— Cohh Carnage (@CohhCarnage) September 5, 2021
Following the social upheaval and outcry, Gibson was “canceled” for merely expressing a personal pro-life sentiment.
Not everyone turned on Gibson and he still found support on social media:
Thank you for your courage and for standing up for the lives of the most vulnerable.
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) September 6, 2021
Thank you for speaking out for basic human rights, despite the crazy bullying from those that demand the right to kill a child in the womb. You are on the right side of history and your courage inspires others. Millions of Americans are pro-life and stand with you.
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) September 7, 2021
Yes, murder is the apparent correct side of the issue. Great job 👏
— Toucan Robo (@toucanrobo) September 7, 2021
Do the right thing, no matter the costs!
— JohnTheReformedBaptist (@thezeyuchen) September 7, 2021
— Stephen Herreid (@StephenHerreid) September 7, 2021
Good for you. God bless you for your public stance on this vital issue. God is on your side and He will bless you. 🙏🏻
— Angela (@angiemcan) September 7, 2021
Thank you for your courage!
— Leftist Feminist Atheist Vegan Pro-Life Grunger (@LeftFemAthPL) September 7, 2021
God bless you for standing up for what was right, even though it cost you your job
— Saxon Stargazer (@SaxonStargazer) September 7, 2021
Proud of you for being brave! 👏👏👏
Hope better things come for you soon!!!
— Razón + Fe ن (@razonmasfe) September 7, 2021
We need more like you and now that more babies will have a chance at life I’m certain we’ll see more like you.
— Sean Dowey (@SeanDowey) September 7, 2021
Proud of @rammjaeger for voicing his support for our most innocent citizens
— Amy Edwards (@amyedwards97) September 7, 2021
Thank you for taking a public stand on behalf of babies that don’t yet have a voice. It was courageous and I will support every project you work on in the future. I’m also never buying another game from your former employer.
— Koozie McVulvasteen (@McVulvasteen) September 7, 2021
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