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Was Destructoid wrong in firing Ryan Perez over the Felicia Day tweets? (Video Response)





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Published on Jun 30, 2012

@MundaneMatt here...

Destructoid just let go of journalist and contributor Ryan Perez. They just announced it:

"Destructoid has ended its relationship with Ryan Perez, effective immediately. We again apologize to @feliciaday and all others concerned."

Perez made three tweets:

"Does Felicia Day matter at all? I mean does she actually contribute anything useful to this industry, besides retaining a geek persona?"

"@feliciaday, I keep seeing everywhere. Question: Do you matter at all? Do you even provide anything useful to gaming, besides "personality?""

"@feliciaday, could you be considered nothing more than a glorified booth babe? You don't seem to add anything creative to the medium."

Essentially, he attacked a prominent woman in gaming, belittling her in a textbook case of gaming misogyny. The internet came down hard. Literally hundreds of people bombarded him with tweets, and bombarded Destructoid, calling for his firing. They quickly responded, and said they were ending their relationship with him.

Felicia's exact words, in discussion with Wil Wheaton: "I just get sad when guys like this are representing a voice of gaming because it shouldn't be an ok voice to have."


I think Destructoid didn't want the pressure, so they fired Perez...when even the mad cunt Jim Sterling says worse and on a more constant basis. Had Perez been a more notable personality on Dtoid, they wouldn't have fired him so quickly.

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