Alison Rapp Controversy

Kaede

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Nintendo just recently fired a woman named Alison Rapp who was part of Nintendo's HR department that mainly focused on the interests of children.

It all started when people began bashing Nintendo Treehouse for their awful localization efforts on Fire Emblem Fates. A few dudes with nothing better to do decided to leak personal info about Treehouse staff but came to find Alison Rapp as a central person of interest.

She has been caught with publishing a college thesis that advocates the legalization of child pornography and uses the model of Japanese Age of Consent as a system that should be brought into consideration in the US (which in her thesis is false; she claims the Japanese AoC is 13 when it is actually 18 since some prefectures do allow under-age sexual intercourse under very specific and permitted circumstances). This blew up all over social media, especially Twitter, and people launched a campaign to have her fired.

The second bombshell is that Rapp apparently has a second job as an escort / model, and posted various risque pics of herself on her Twitter. Apparently after hearing the "pedophile" allegations, NoA decided to look into her feed and made the decision to fire her for "moonlighting" (holding a second job). A lot of people believe it is for her child porn sympathies instead of the reason Nintendo listed.

Of course, you'll probably not get neutral articles on this. I'm just going to list the pro-GamerGate and anti-GamerGate articles so you can decide for yourself. Pro-GG people are obviously applauding her firing while anti-GG believe she's a victim of the industry's "patriarchy".

Pro-GG: http://www.gamezone.com/originals/alison-rapp-did-deserve-to-be-fired-from-nintendo-jzrd
Anti-GG: http://kotaku.com/nintendo-employee-terminated-after-smear-campaign-over-1768100368

(Apparently she was also a prostitute in her earlier years too, big no-no)

What do you think of this situation? Should Rapp have been fired or was she a victim? I personally say good riddens to her, and I sincerely hope she has jail time awaiting her.
 
I really can't say that I'm devastated or impacted by this. I didn't even know some of the things she has done until now, so I'm not going to say she DIDN'T deserve to be fired. However, I definitely will say that people harassing her like this is totally wrong. People are going after her on social media for being a feminist, and I think it's messed up. There's nothing wrong with disagreeing with someone, but you don't have to ruin this girl's life just because you disagree with her beliefs. It's wrong. So many of these people trash feminists for their believes. I very RARELY see someone debate the feminists in video games and not act like a complete asshole to them, it's sad. Just look at people like Anita Sarkeesian. They TRASH her, just because she supports more inclusion/diversity with women roles and even LGBT roles in video games.

Anyway, I'm getting off-track. So I kind of have mixed feelings about this I guess. Still don't agree with her getting trashed like that on social media, it's wrong.
 
SpiderStaryu said:
I really can't say that I'm devastated or impacted by this. I didn't even know some of the things she has done until now, so I'm not going to say she DIDN'T deserve to be fired. However, I definitely will say that people harassing her like this is totally wrong. People are going after her on social media for being a feminist, and I think it's messed up. There's nothing wrong with disagreeing with someone, but you don't have to ruin this girl's life just because you disagree with her beliefs. It's wrong. So many of these people trash feminists for their believes. I very RARELY see someone debate the feminists in video games and not act like a complete a****** to them, it's sad. Just look at people like Anita Sarkeesian. They TRASH her, just because she supports more inclusion/diversity with women roles and even LGBT roles in video games.

Anyway, I'm getting off-track. So I kind of have mixed feelings about this I guess. Still don't agree with her getting trashed like that on social media, it's wrong.

I can agree to an extent. I hate seeing people wishing death threats on her and saying stuff like "I hope she gets raped in prison" or whatever. That to me is a bit extreme.

However, have you read her thesis? It's pretty boring but I'll just link it here: http://imgur.com/a/za7hp/embed#0. Just look at the title: "Speech We Hate: An Argument for the Cessation of International Pressure on Japan to Strengthen Its Anti-Child Pornography Laws". Rapp is advocating that Japan and other Western nations to allow child porn to be legalized using the argument that it is safer to let potential child predators have access to these mediums so that they won't carry out actual crimes (which has not been proven to be factual). The question is, why the heck did Nintendo allow a person this sick to run a HR department that focuses on children? Look at her past Treehouse videos, look at her reporting news with children next to her. Can you honestly blame people for getting mad at her and making such comments? Advocating child porn is sick, no matter how much you try to put sprinkles on top.

NOBODY is calling her a Feminist, the anti-GamerGaters are making her out to be an "oppressed woman who is merely a victim of the male patriarchy". I am neutral in terms of the whole GamerGate debate, but I think it's ironic that for a group like the Antis that want to fight against disgusting practices in the gaming industry will willingly defend a person like Rapp because she is an attractive person. Add in her prostitution and escort careers and you pretty much have a ticking time bomb.

So sure, some people threatening her are idiots. But again, can you blame them? She's a sicko.

EDIT: Also, it is important to note that Rapp did not consider herself a "feminist" or a "victim" until these allegations against her came out. Look at her Twitter account. She started using those cards to gain sympathy from her white knights as soon as Nintendo fired her.
 
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