To those who have gone out of their way to defend Ryan Perez, I’d like to weigh in a little.
(For those unaware of what happened: http://gamingbolt.com/destructoid-writer-dropped-for-twitter-attack-on-felicia-day)
I came into this a little bit late, Perez having already been canned from Destructoid mere hours of me even catching wind of the whole debacle. Twitter feuds are some of the more pathetic and witless engagements two people can possibly partake in (having been in a few myself) and as such, I rarely care about them or the parties involved.
What has bothered me, however, is the outpour of support mister Perez has been receiving sense being fired from Destructoid.
There seems to be a camp out there made up of “internet pioneers” on sites Reddit and 4Chan who believe that Destructoid ejected Perez because he was “merely stating an opinion”. On his personal Twitter account, no less! Such a police state, such an overreaction on the part of Destructoid, to punish this man in such a severe manner for merely speaking his mind in a public forum!
Ignoring, of course, that this wasn’t merely some random schmuck expressing their opinion. This was a journalist for a site dedicated to the field in which this person he criticized is involved. Further, his comments were anything if not disrespectful, rude, and unnecessarily antagonistic. Let’s not ignore his choice words to Wil Wheaton when confronted about his callous tweets:
“Go fuck yourself, you opportunistic puddle of miscarriage soup.”
I’m sorry, but that’s not responsible journalism, folks. That is not the way you communicate with two people in general, much less how you should refer to a couple of icons in the community which your company caters to. It reflects poorly not just upon yourself, but the people who employ you. It’s awful business etiquette and honestly, poor social skills in general.
So no, I don’t feel a shred of pity for the man. He knew his job, he knew how he was supposed to compose himself, but he acted like a child and spewed rude, antagonistic bullshit. Of course Destructoid kicked his ass out.
Also, I find that the use of “white knighting” as a term has become this bullshit catch-all for anyone threatened by Women’s Equality. No, I’m not all that involved in feminism or Women’s Equality. I usually try and let them fight their battles because they’re, more often than not, more than able to. I just cannot believe the reaction from so many people to those defending Felicia Day. (Also, not a Day fan. Don’t dislike her, I just don’t care.)