Gaming giant Nintendo finally bowed to the will of Twitter trolls and white suprmacists by firing marketing exec Alison Rapp on March 30. Rapp announced her departure from the company in a series of tweets. Rapp had been at Nintendo since August 2013.
Many trolls had targeted her over her 2011 thesis which was titled, "Speech We Hate: An Argument for the Cessation of International Pressure on Japan to Strengthen Its Anti-Child Pornography Laws." At its core, the essay dealt with the rest of the world taking a more co-operative approach towards getting Japan to tackle their problem with child pornography.
On Twitter Rapp, wrote on March 30, "Today, the decision was made. I am no longer a good, safe representative of Nintendo, and my employment has been terminated." Nintendo blogs, including Kotaku, had been writing since the fall of 2015 that trolls were targeting Rapp over her involvement with Treehouse. The Kotaku report notes that Nintendo remained silent while one of their employees was being openly abused.
Upon her firing however, the company released a statement saying:
"Alison Rapp was terminated due to violation of an internal company policy involving holding a second job in conflict with Nintendo’s corporate culture. Though Ms. Rapp’s termination follows her being the subject of criticism from certain groups via social media several weeks ago, the two are absolutely not related. Nintendo is a company committed to fostering inclusion and diversity in both our company and the broader video game industry and we firmly reject the harassment of individuals based on gender, race or personal beliefs. We wish Ms. Rapp well in her future endeavors."
Here are the photos of Rapp in happier times that you need to see:
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