Sony Group Corporation employees say the PlayStation chief encouraged employees to “respect differences” about abortion rights before launching in five incorrectly timed paragraphs about the first birthdays of their two cats. Out on an email.
In an email staff obtained Thursday, which was shown to Bloomberg, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan began his message by acknowledging the recently leaked Supreme Court opinion that Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights.
Ryan remained neutral on his stance on abortion rights in an email to employees, noting that the company’s community is “multifaceted and diverse, with many different perspectives.”
He continued, “We are indebted to each other and the millions of PlayStation users for respecting the differences between everyone in our internal and external communities. Respect does not equal agreement. But it is fundamental that we are a company.” Who are you as and as a valuable global brand.”
The company’s leader suddenly changed subjects, telling his employees that he wanted to share “something light-hearted to inspire everyone to strike a balance that can help ease the tension of uncertain world events.” “
He then told a story about the recent first birthdays celebrated by his two cats.
Angry at his furry friends, Ryan claims to have brought birthday cakes for his cats, describes the noises they make and even reveals his dreams of owning a dog one day. Did.
Ryan never took a firm stand on abortion rights in correspondence. He went on to elaborate on pets, declaring that “dogs really are man’s best friend, they know their place, and perform useful tasks such as biting thieves and chasing balls that you do for them.” throw.”
According to internal company discussions seen and reported by Bloomberg, several PlayStation Studio employees spoke out about the tone of the email.
Some women employees wrote that they felt the message disrespected their rights. Another employee shared that they “have never been so crazy about a cat’s birthday before.”
Although PlayStation has not publicly taken a stance on abortion rights, other companies in the video game industry have.
Notably, Bungie Inc., the developer of the Destiny game and a company that Sony agreed to buy earlier this year for $3.6 billion, described the government’s decision in a blog post as a “direct attack on human rights.” Last week, was met with post positive feedback on social media.
“Standing up for reproductive choice and independence is not a difficult decision,” Bungie said in the post.