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Op Ed

Penny Arcade - Some Clarification.
There are people who were offended by or hurt by the joke in the strip and rather than just let it go we decided to make a second strip. That was a mistake and I apologize to this day for that strip. It was a knee jerk reaction and rather than the precision strike back at our detractors that we intended, it was a massive AOE that hurt a lot of innocent people. We should have just stopped right then but we kept going and made the merchandise. Had we left it alone, the ongoing tension about the whole thing might have subsided but Robert made the call to pull the shirts. In hindsight all this did was open the wound back up and bring on a whole new wave of debate. Any action we took at the time just dug us deeper regardless of what it was. What we needed to do was stop. just stop. I apologized for it at the time and I will still apologize for it. Everything we did after that initial comic strip was a mistake and I regret all of it.

PC & Tech Authority - Penny Arcade, Mike Krahulik, dickwolves, and fear of PAX.
But his apologies are not enough, and his actions do not exist in a vacuum. He has abetted the creation of a community that wants to be Team Rape. And I’m not being figurative, here; a Twitter account under that very name represented all those who felt their ‘free speech’ was being threatened. @teamrape exhorted others to wear their dickwolves t-shirts proudly, to actively shout down their so-called oppressors. The amount of sheer hate on display was... abhorrent. It is quite literally almost impossible for me to read through, even now.

Wired.com - Why I'm Never Going Back to Penny Arcade Expo.
In the midst of the 2011 dickwolves controversy, a vocal Penny Arcade fan who went by the Twitter handle @Teamrape wrote, “And remember, since @cwgabriel [Krahulik] will wear his dickwolves shirt, it’s okay to wear yours. We will show those that want to crush free speech.”

Mike Krahulik is not a brave upstart defending freedom of speech, even if that’s a defense Penny Arcade has hidden behind time and again. Freedom of speech is not and never has been in danger here: Krahulik has every legal right to be shitty to rape survivors and trans*people and react like a child told he can no longer break the other kids’ toys. There is no law preventing him from flaunting the fact that he has a lot more financial and social power than the people criticizing him for abusing it; nor is anyone arguing that there ought to be.

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6. Re: Op Ed Sep 6, 2013, 11:01 Elf Shot The Food
 
You seem to be the only person who's upset here. I'm perfectly calm.  
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5. Re: Op Ed Sep 6, 2013, 10:57 RollinThundr
 
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Sep 6, 2013, 10:46:
The idiot expresses regret that he had to stop making money off rape jokes, and that makes people "entitled brats"?

Woosh!

WOOSH Getting upset over "rape" from imaginary video game creatures! Quick ban PA! Social Justice Warriors UNITE!
 
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4. Re: Op Ed Sep 6, 2013, 10:46 Elf Shot The Food
 
The idiot expresses regret that he had to stop making money off rape jokes, and that makes people "entitled brats"?

Woosh!
 
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3. Re: Op Ed Sep 6, 2013, 10:44 Verno
 
"Stop" is the only text that matters at this point, seriously the fact that this thing was even revived is beyond stupid and makes Penny-Arcade look like a bunch of wankers. Enough is enough, let it die already sheesh.  
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2. Re: Op Ed Sep 6, 2013, 10:39 RollinThundr
 
BUT BUT MUH FEELINGS! MUH (non existent) RAPE CULTURE. That people are still upset over a 2011 video game web comic, regardless of what happened at Pax, paints a pretty good picture at just how much society has turned into a whiny bunch of entitled brats.  
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1. Re: Op Ed Sep 6, 2013, 10:13 nin
 

I think I'm offended that people got offended by a 3 panel cartoon, whose point was stupid MMO quests and how you only do just enough to get to your goal.

There! I'M OFFENDED!!!!!!

 
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