Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president and CEO didn’t exactly win over the crew with his comment about abortion rights…
Bloomberg wrote an internal email that differing opinions on abortion rights should be respected. That would be fair enough if that were ALL Jim Ryan had written… but Jason Schreier, writing for the site, explained on Twitter that the PlayStation boss didn’t stop there. He then wrote five paragraphs about his two cats’ birthdays, their habits and his desire to get a dog…
No wonder the crew didn’t take too kindly to Jim Ryan’s email, which doesn’t take a position on Roe v. Wade or abortion rights but makes it clear that “dogs are man’s best friend, they know their place, and perform useful functions like biting burglars and chasing balls that you throw for them.”
According to Jim Ryan, the company is “multi-faceted and diverse, holding many different points of view. We owe it to each other and to PlayStation’s millions of users to respect differences of opinion among everyone in our internal and external communities. Respect does not equal agreement, but it is fundamental to who we are as a company and as a valued global brand.”
Bloomberg has reportedly seen communications within the company, and several employees are unhappy to see these words, as the tone of the email was not suitable for them. Many thought the manner of Jim Ryan’s message was disrespectful and trivializing. Roe v. Wade is a 1973 court ruling that essentially made abortion legal in the United States, which the Supreme Court is now preparing to overturn, according to a leaked document, which would make abortion illegal in 22 states immediately. The decision could come in late June or early July.
And it is not the first time Jim Ryan has made a questionable statement. We remember when he called backwards compatibility unnecessary after the Xbox One expanded with it nearly six years ago (and then the PlayStation 5 still expanded with PS4 playability…).