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
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.