The Escapist is a real shady organization. After everything that happened with Extra Credit, I only begrudgingly clicked links there because Sterling said he was going to turn it around, but no man can move mountains. Haven't thought about them since his departure.
I feel that if Brandon were arguing that black people were subhuman, he would either never be hired, or he would cause an outcry that would get him fired. That's my issue - someone like this shouldn't be a voice of anything, and The Escapist shouldn't give a greater voice to a bigot.
Oh THAT'S why people were shitting on The Escapist on twitter today, couldn't find WTF was up. But yeah, hiring someone willing to say that in public in a public facing role...no. They that hard up for personnel?
Didn't they also publish that whole "Interviews on gamergate" thing with people with false identities speaking?
Also the whole "why should I have to go out of my way to gender them correctly?" argument is silly. If you called someone Sarah, and they replied that they were actually called Ashley, would you continue to call them Sarah so you don't have to go "out of your way"?
Oh yeah, I totally agree. Honestly, I think it's pretty dumb for him to tweet those things too. Essentially, whether people like it or not, what they put on Twitter is also representation of their employer.
You're kidding yourself if you think he was hired for anything but those sort of views. They also hired another hardcore Gamergater on the same day and fired a bunch of people. They are very much courting that sort of audience now.
The thing is why would a website hire someone like this guy though. Why want to associate yourself with someone like him? It becomes this whole issue of association. People (Like the OP's friends) will not want to go near The Escapist solely because of hiring this guy. And word is/will be getting around; someone just posted the fact on GAF, for example.
This comes into the whole debate of "liking the art, not the artist." To me it boils down to "do I want to support that person?" Some people get skeeved out by the idea of supporting someone so against the lifestyle that they lead. Even if there is a disconnect between what a person does for a living, and how a person lives/thinks.
Literally almost every psychologist on the planet can.
But seriously, it's pretty simple. Being black is not a state of mind. We're not taught that our skin is or needs to be a certain colour. Gender, however, has fucktons of shit tied to your brain and psychology.