There is no act more cowardly than bullying, and when that act is perpetrated on a grand scale the impact and scale of that cowardice is increased multifold. I was absolutely horrified at the treatment Bioware writer Jennifer Hepler had to endure over the past couple of days, and today Bioware founder Dr. Ray Muzyka responded directly to those who have been attacking Jennifer.
“Jennifer is a valued, talented employee who has been with BioWare for many years and we hope will be with us for many more.” said Muzyka. “It is awful that a few people have decided to make her a target for hate and threats, going so far as fabricating forum posts and attributing them to her, and singling her out for projects to which she has not contributed (i.e., Jennifer is not even a part of the Mass Effect writing team). All of us at BioWare support and will continue to support Jennifer fully, and are happy to see so many people out there are also supporting her during this difficult time.”
In addition Bioware has committed $1000 to Bullying Canada in Jennifer’s name.
I’m not going to rag on about this, because it’s been covered multiple times by multiple outlets, but I find the whole thing deplorable. Nothing bothers me more than a bully, and when that bully is protected by the anonymity of the internet the whole thing becomes more insidious. I just consider myself lucky that I’m part of a community that seems to (for the most part) have a healthy respect for one another. Long may that continue!