Talk about voicing an unpopular opinion; within a day of publishing those tweets, Josh Olin was let go from his job as a community manager at Turtle Rock Studios, an independent game developer.

That action has led to a lot of people expressing their opinions, popular and otherwise.

https://twitter.com/b0nestorm/status/462257884156272640

https://twitter.com/hernandear1/status/462270395572174848

Not everyone disagreed with Turtle Rock’s action, though.

https://twitter.com/NEZZZ0/status/462253204168650752

Final thoughts from Olin?

 

  • Jess

    So having a difference of opinion is enough to get you terminated from a job in which that opinion is irrelevant? Nice.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      Just ask the Mozilla CEO who lost his job for opposing gay marriage.

      • TomJB

        *sigh* again. Like every time something like this happens. Nobody is saying turtle rock doesn’t have the right to terminate him. Stop with this straw man

        • https://twitter.com/SmileyRoffle Smiley

          To add, Turtle Rock’s publisher (i.e. the people funding them) is 2K Games, which makes NBA-licensed basketball games. 2K doesn’t want some guy jeopardizing that lucrative license by annoying the NBA, and Turtle Rock doesn’t want some guy jeopardizing their meal ticket. It sucks, but just like Sterling and this guy are free to speak their mind, companies are free to protect their interests even if it’s not “fair”.

          This guy and Sterling are not at all the same as Brandon Eich, which was about leftist agitators and their sympathizers bullying and destroying their “enemies”.

          • iconoclast

            Yes, the company has the right to fire any employee for any reason. Firing the community manager for a somewhat politically incorrect opinion will result in a boring community conversation. Also, this kind of thinking will be noticed by game developers as well. Likely their best developers are wondering if they should prepare a resume.

            Idiots

          • feduppianoman

            That company has the right to fire any employee for any reason do they? Let them try firing a Muslim, homosexual or a black for any reason. They are the privileged classes. Everyone else are simply not entitled to think or say anything about anything. Sounds like there needs to be a boycott against that business. That’s the only way to stop this evil shit from happening.

        • alanstorm

          *sigh* yourself, slowboy. Try to keep up.

          When did “I disagree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it” become “I disagree with what you say, and I hope I didn’t get any of it on me”?

          Having the right to do something doesn’t mean it IS right to do it. Yes, the first amendment only prohibits the feds from treading on your free speech – but this sure as hell violates the spirit of the law.

      • ARETHEYNUTS

        8 years ago. California voters opposed it twice (more than 52% each time) I guess the thought police have a huge task in front of them. To find all those California citizens who voted against prop 8 twice and get them fired.

        • iconoclast

          Don’t need to fire all of them. Just eliminate some high profile targets and the rest will be cowed into submission. Pure 1984 tactics.

      • Kaka1625

        ask martin bashir

  • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

    It’s not like the guy agreed with Sterling or anything. He just pointed out that even racists like Sterling have a right to free speech, especially in their own homes. Heck, Al Sharpton is a huge racist and no one is firing him for it, because of Free Speech.

    I think he got fired for promoting Free Speech more than he did defending Sterling.

    • Republicanvet

      These nitwits do not realize the backlash that will occur the next time Sharpton or Jesse Jacknife says something racist.

      They will have no defense and will be held to the same standard.

      • MemorialDime

        They’ll brush it off, and anybody who will hold them accountable will be laughed at. Just like the last thousand times.

        • Republicanvet

          I think that’s what Alec Baldwin thought.

        • Ryan Schneider.

          Maybe, but we can make them eat it in the courts if they mean to throw out the absolute right to privacy. Roe v. Wade is built on that notion, and will fall easily without it.

          • MrSnuggles2k2

            These leftists have no morals, no virtue, and no honesty.

            Privacy is only useful if they can use it to push their agenda. If privacy suddenly works against them, they will quickly become its worst enemy.

  • Adam Wood

    Typical Leftist fascists.

  • Elizabeth

    This must be the slippery slope that the left says is just a figment of everyone’s imagination…

  • MemorialDime

    “We sincerely apologize for his remarks and in no way endorse or support those views.”

    That sounds eerily similar to what Mozilla said after they cut Brandon Eising. I sense a hive mind, don’t you?

    • Walter Goerlitz

      Liberals are lemmings, have you not noticed?

  • Brad Donald

    Mozilla Round 2, leftist facists thought police on parade.

  • Tugger – ✓unamused

    At this rate, I’m not gonna have any software left on my computer soon. I already deleted Firefox and now Left for Dead. As Greg Gutfeld would say ‘I HATE THESE PEOPLE!!!’

    • MemorialDime

      Seeing as how so many software developers are based in the left-leaning Silicon Valley, we may have to ditch computers soon, if a conservative software developer doesn’t show up.

      • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

        I don’t know, I think it’s funny to use libs own tech to mock their worldview.

      • ElDerecho

        There’s a lot of conservative and libertarian software developers. You just don’t hear about them because they aren’t whiny beaches.

    • quinten488

      I also deleted FireFox, im using the Pale Moon browser now its much better.

  • MemorialDime

    Remind me to never buy any of Turtle Rock Studios’ games.

    • Glitter

      You wouldn’t anyway. You can check out their TWO games on their website. They’re shiteous.

    • ForTheRepublicOfDave

      Yeah, pretty easy. Avoid Left 4 Dead 1 and 2.

      There. Problem solved. Not missing much, considering Borderlands did 4-player co-op much better

  • Glitter

    I looked at the Turtle Rock Studios picture of what I assume are their employees. Not one person of color that I could tell. Hmmmmm. Wonder why.

    • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

      Because diversity matters. :/

    • MemorialDime

      How do these people manage to be hypocrites at every single turn? I’ve never seen them lecture us on ANYTHING that they were not guilty of also.

      • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

        I’m drawing a blank trying to think of something the left lectures about that they aren’t guilty of themselves.

    • WhoDat

      Interesting that you would notice that…

      • GsGirl

        …and your point is?

      • ForTheRepublicOfDave

        Pretty hard to miss, WhoDum. The picture is up there.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Well, hardly any, proportional to the US population.

      But they DO have a Norseman, upper right corner– so there’s THAT fact to consider…

    • Walter Goerlitz

      Liberals are not constrained by their rules.

  • Ntr

    In limiting the exchange of free thoughts i believe there’s no place in the free-market for Turtle Rock Studios.

  • Richard J Sunkle

    All I know is that I would rather deal with a bigot than a fascist.

    A bigot may not like me for my race, religion or whatever but a fascist may turn on me at the drop of a hat even over something so simple as an opinion.

  • Republicanvet

    When @TurtleRock is saying they don’t support @JD_2020’s views, R they saying they don’t support one’s right to have unpopular opinions?

    No. They are saying they don’t support anyone’s right to have any opinion, because it may be perceived by someone as offensive.

    This is just dangerous.

  • MrApple

    Please feel free to visit Turtle Rock Studios and voice your opinion regarding this firing and their wiping their rear end on the 1st Amendment. I did.

    https://www.turtlerockstudios.com/

    • WhoDat

      The First Amendment only applies to government regulating speech.

      • Maxx

        This is a Pavlovian liberal response but it misses the point, as I illustrated above. How can an American exercise freedom of speech if at every turn, that speech is held to some liberal arbitrary standard of political correctness that if failed, results in employment termination at every turn?

        What exactly is protected when people are discouraged from open discourse for fear of job loss? There is a huge valley between what a person thinks and how a person acts.

        Let’s police actions, not thoughts.

        • Lienathan

          The legalistic argument (Pavlovian is a brilliant way to put it. “Knee-jerk” works as well) misses a much larger point that you have expressed very nicely.

          The idea of Freedom of Speech is much much more than a legal restriction written into our Constitution. It is a bedrock principle of the idea of our civil society, and those who would toss it over the side simply because it’s technically ok to do so do not realize the peril in which they place themselves and their countrymen.

          Freedom of speech is meant specifically to protect speech that is controversial, even repulsive. The proper response to speech you find distasteful is to stand up and speak boldly in opposition, to stridently support your own view of right and wrong.

          A thought experiment for those that support these public crucifixions: Let’s take a moment in your life when you have said something distasteful, inappropriate, stupid, or that casts you in a bad light. I’d dare to wager everybody has had at least one. Let’s take that moment and shine a spotlight on it, and broadcast it for the world to see. Let’s make it define you as a person. Let’s let the outrage of the mob descend upon you, and let’s have you be ostracized. Your life and livelihood destroyed.

          If you support having someone with a ‘bad’ opinion being sent to the gulag or metaphorically burned at the stake, then you should prepare to suck it up when the boot lands on your own neck, because these things have a way of coming full circle.

          • Maxx

            Bookended nicely Lienathan. Thank you for your input.

            I’d like to think we’ve highlighted that free speech isn’t protected at all when citizens become AFRAID to speak.

      • http://steamcommunity.com/id/pwag42 Swagner

        But firing people who disagree with you in the interest of “fairness” or “diversity” is hypocritical.

  • WhoDat

    In cases like this, I wonder if they were just looking for a reason to let him go, and then found one.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      I don’t know, sounds like you’re just making excuses for them.

      • WhoDat

        If they had a valid reason to fire him, they can.

    • MemorialDime

      Normally I’d agree with this, but this is a carbon copy of what happened at Mozilla. The guy was fired from his job because he had an opinion that was politically incorrect.

      • WhoDat

        Having an opinion is one thing.

        Voicing that opinion to the whole world sometimes has consequences.

        • MemorialDime

          That’s why we have the First Amendment. Otherwise, what’s stopping the FBI from arresting us any time we say something that the Progressives in charge don’t agree with?

          • WhoDat

            Yes, but it doesn’t absolve us from criticism or other consequences from our peers.

          • MemorialDime

            Sure, but you shouldn’t have to worry about losing your job.

            It’s like Maxx said above/below, it’s not “freedom of speech” if every time one exercises it, they have to update their resume.

          • john lecorchick

            forgive him folks, for he knows not of what he speaks, at least until they come for him for an unpopular post…. maybe then he will understand freedom of speech…but to understand freedom of speech, you must first understand freedom….so never mind ….a troll is a troll is a troll… abandon all common sense to support an ideology that has been tried over and over and failed every time, leaving millions of dead bodies in it’s wake

          • HerodiousPeaskinner

            So, let them criticize the guy, not take his livelihood from him. You know very well that’s a BS justification.

          • GaryTheBrave

            Nor does it absolve Turtle Rock Studios from the consequences of consumer backlash. Josh Olin was using his own Twitter account and was not representing the company’s position.

            Had they not overreacted, and termination of employment is overreacting, no one would have associated his tweets with Turtle Rock. I think in the long run the company will suffer more than Mr. Olin.

        • Jake Bradford

          Of course you support leftist bullying.

        • MyrmidoNOT

          Interesting…
          The lawyers on both sides agree.

          Too bad the ‘freedom of speech’ thingee…
          only applies to some…
          /snark

    • Aitch748

      *snort* Yeah, good call on the part of Turtle Rock Studios then — looking for a reason to get rid of Josh Olin, they latched onto a reason that reveals themselves to the gamer community as a pack of free-speech-hating fascists. If your scenario is accurate, this company just shot itself in the foot.

    • Jake Bradford

      That makes zero sense. Why would they open themselves up to attacks and lawsuits, instead of just laying him off quietly?

  • ToyZebra

    Our country used to believe in free speech, even the right to unpopular speech.

  • Maxx

    It’s not “freedom of speech” if every time one exercises it, they have to update their resume.

    I just wish one day, a company responds with “we do not agree with our employee’s opinion. That is all.”

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      That is good enough for most radio stations. You hear the standard disclaimer before the start of some shows.

      • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

        It’s also on every movie DVD.

  • GirlRaisedInTheSouth

    Conformity is the new diversity.

  • PeterP

    Turtle Rock Studios DOESN’T agree that people have the right to say bigoted things in the privacy of their homes? Are they sure about that? Cowards abound.

  • PeterP

    Truth be told, I don’t know of a single black person who DOESN’T agree with Josh Olin that Donald Sterling has the right to be a bigot in his own home. I bet Magic Johnson agrees with that.

    • MrSnuggles2k2

      Uh no we are only allowed to commit sodomy in our own homes, the rest is subject to popular opinion.

  • JalexDiamond

    This was really stupid on their part. And if they make any more content for Valve titles, I’ll go out of my way to avoid it.

  • Rex

    Well done America, we have successfully trained our Citizenry to act against their own constitution.

    • john lecorchick

      idiocy and cowardice are a dangerous set of personality traits shared by our embarrassing progressive leadership in the USA…..all possess at least one of the two traits…most possess both

  • Kawfy

    One day this era of opinion/punishment will be looked upon as another “Salem Witch Trial”….I just hope it will be in my life time

    • Republicanvet

      It will only diminish when the left is held to the same standard.

      • Kawfy

        or one heck of a lawsuit. That despicable Westboro “baptist” church could spew all the insane hate they wanted and it was deemed protected. Isn’t this where the ACLU should step in?

        • ToyZebra

          If the ACLU actually cared about civil liberties and wasn’t just another wing of the democrat party, then yeah, this is where they would show up.

        • MrSnuggles2k2

          Insane hate is protected.

          Either all speech is protected or you subject speech to current standards as to what is and wasn’t isn’t allowed. And if we do that, someday normal accepted speech is suddenly outrageous and must not be tolerated.

          We are quickly accelerating towards that point.

  • John_Frank

    Apropos the firing of Josh Olin:

    A not-so Sterling attack on free speech
    http://www.spiked-online.com/freespeechnow/fsn_article/a-not-so-sterling-attack-on-free-speech#.U2RSLKIXL_I

    Worth reading the entire piece by Sean Collins.

    He ends with the following observation:

    “Today, too many people are so convinced that they are in the right, that
    they are fighting bigotry and hatred, that they fail to see how their
    response is truly intolerant and illiberal. It’s becoming almost
    automatic that, whenever something politically incorrect is uttered, a
    mob with pitchforks and torches rises up, seeking revenge and
    punishment. That response is unthinking, emotional and blind to the
    long-term consequences for a free society.”

    • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

      The left doesn’t want a free society.

    • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Good read.

  • MrNewCastrati

    The self-righteous twits condemning Sterling for bigotry on this thread are mind boggling. What goes around comes around.

  • mrspinky85

    We had this discussion in class today. As a class we all thought it was weird to be vilified in public for what you say in private.
    People don’t know how far this can go.

  • mrspinky85

    So, if you support pro choice you are pro abortion since you support the person who got an abortion or believes abortions are ok. Got it.

  • aztectrumpet

    Well a crime was committed against Sterling, so he IS a victim. That is not defending him at all. It is just a fact.

  • http://lordfoggybottom.com/ BlahBlah

    Fascism, here I come.

    Oh damn, I ran out of black shoe polish. Anyone?

  • Ryan Schneider.

    The good news is, should the liberal loons succeed in throwing out privacy rights in the name of anti-racism, we can turn it against them on the issue of Roe v. Wade. The keystone of that judicial trickery was “privacy”. If libs are now saying privacy is not an absolute right anymore, they have just unwittingly fatally wounded their abortion agenda.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      The problem is that, going back to Griswold v Connecticut, an earlier case by about ten years to Roe, the Justices there are talking about some ludicrous theory about “penumbras from emanations.” In other words, they divined through the Ninth Amendment that other amendments taken as a whole argue in favor of there being a “right to privacy,” which may be fair enough as being a “rebuttable presumption” sort of thing– absent any overwhelmingly obvious public need to know, you are and should always be safe and secure from prying eyes.

      But in Griswold, the subject there was contraception sold for the purpose of preventing pregnancy, without there being, as in the case of condoms, using the shibboleth of “preventing sexually-transmitted disease,” or, in the case of the Pill, “regulating a woman’s erratic menstrual cycle.” So-called “Comstock Laws” had prevented people in certain states from being candid about what they were doing, relying instead on circumventions to arrive at the desired goal. The Supreme Court essentially said, Connecticut, cut the crap– what business do you have in knowing WHY people want contraception? You’re just fostering contempt for the law, the same way the 18th Amendment/Volstead Act did.

      Obviously, unless you are a frequenter of no-tell motels, you generally use contraception in the privacy of your own home. The Supreme Court basically said in Griswold that what you do in the privacy of your own home shouldn’t matter if it doesn’t affect anyone else’s life, liberty or property. The problem in extending the rule of Griswold is that the Loony Left will argue that Sterling, and anyone who sticks up for him, IS affecting other people’s life/liberty/property, and thus, Sterling’s/any defender’s L, L, or P should also be jeopardized thereby. They’re dead wrong, of course, but all you need is a few more “wise Latinas” on the bench and the Constitution becomes a “living breathing document” that cannot possibly mean today what it did in the late 18th C. Something to consider when you vote for President in 2016.

      • Ryan Schneider.

        Well, there never was a DIRECT right to privacy, per se. Rather, insofar as privacy was vital to Life, (such as witness protection) then it is a right. Insofar as it is vital Liberty, (you cannot be forced to incriminate yourself) then it is a right. Insofar as it is vital to Happiness (you cannot feel happy unless you feel safe, you cannot feel safe unless you have secure, PRIVATE PROPERTY) then it is a right. Any counter suit on Sterling’s behalf should focus on “forced incrimination” and “personal safety” as infringing on his liberty and happiness. He could also argue, more abstractly, that banning him threatens his life, as it is clear that basketball IS his lifelong passion. If he hadn’t retired by now, then he meant to go out with his boots on. If he just capitulates, he will likely die of bitterness and a broken, (albeit hard) heart within a year. Revenge may be the only thing to keep him going, and he strikes me as a stubborn sort. Anyway, while the old bigot should be prosecuted for any number of reasons, (assuming limitations aren’t up) this blatant violation of his private property is not one of them.
        The odd, entropic pregnancy and the like, should be redefined. Removing them to save a mother’s life should remain legal, but a child that has absolutely no chance of survival should not be put on the same moral level as an unwanted, but perfectly viable baby. More difficult, but far rarer, is the semi-viable, who MIGHT make it if the mother puts her own life at great risk, but not certain death for either, just probable. That strikes me as morally equal a problem as conjoined twins who share one failing heart. Risk keeping them both in the off chance a donar shows up, or sacrifice one to be sure of saving the other. These circumstances should be left to private, but well informed consideration as much as possible, but regarding abortion in general, the rights of one person end where the rights of another begin. To peruse that ruling based on nebulous notions of privacy without definitively defining, for all time, when life begins, is the most evilly irresponsible decision of all time.
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  • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I am so disappointed in people I thought I knew. There are people actually defending this as “it’s not illegal” and “people don’t have to tolerate other people’s opinions”.

    It’s just unbelievable to me that this sort of mass witch hunt that’s been happening in the past year or two is totally okay with people. How do they not see WTF is happening?!?!

    People’s lives being nuked from orbit over a thought, a typed sentence, a political belief… regardless of whether it happened yesterday or a decade ago.

    It’s just freakin’ frightening that anyone could be on board with this.

    • Ryan Schneider.

      They had hundreds of blatant public acts of racism from Stirling over the years that they could have prosecuted him for, but only when it was nationally sensationalized do they act. And they don’t dare make a justified case based on earlier incidents, or they would have to eat crow on why they did not already. They will have their one and twenty black birds baked in pie lunch in any event, but they will try their damnedist to avoid it any, same with the NAACP, and screw privacy if it gains them one more day of politcal relevancy, however fleeting.

    • ICOYAR

      They don’t care what is moral. They only care what is legal and advanced their agendas.

      There could be a new law stating that everybody who is not a Leftist be detained and killed en masse, and the Left would be cheering it on, and defending that it is “legal”.

  • jaded

    1984

  • ReadingforComprehension

    At-will employment, remember that? Aren’t we free-marketers? Wouldn’t we defend a small business owner who fired someone for voting for Obama?

    • Zach Smith

      Who’s we? I would not argue that it was illegal, but I would certainly not defend them. Firing someone for their political positions is un-American in my opinion.

      • Maryland_Malcontent

        For generations that is how it has been here in MD. Up until the Millenials, if you wanted to “be someone” in MD, you had to be a Democrat. Whether it bled into DC from MD or into MD from DC that’s the way it is in both places.

        If any conservative cause reports you as a donor then you might as well pack the stuff up at your office as, with the possible exception of defense contractors, your employer will be canning you ASAP.

    • waltzingmtilda

      I wouldn’t.

  • LochGates44

    White liberals need to mind there own gd business. They’ve ruined this country and don’t give two you know what’s about minorities, women, or the poor.

  • AT

    “our values as a game development studio”

    Intolerance and bigotry toward certain beliefs/speech? Um… Mr. Olin was on the same page with you on that.

  • TYPE O NEGATIVE

    This shows the kind of zombies the Liberal professors are churning out.

    Everyone must think like the machine, everybody is of one mind.

    Sick SICK!!!

  • copper

    Maybe there is a place for unions after all.

  • suzannarosannadanna

    This is proof that women shouldn’t be allowed to vote. they are much too sensitive and irrational to be entrusted with power. I know because from time to time I have had to work with a gaggle of bitchy backstabbing women and their ridiculous drama.

  • Super Marsupial

    So libturd apologists are allowed to ‘understand’ islamic death cultists killing innocents but damn anything else?

  • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

    My God. The PC thought police is going to be the death of this nation. Josh pretty much said the same thing what Kareem Abdul Jabbar said. That Sterling is a racist POS, but he has the right to be one in his private life. Honestly who the f*ck cares if someone is a racist? I say that as a biracial person. As long they leave me alone, I won’t waste a second on them. This type of behavior and the double-standards are actually going to flourish racism, not stop it. It looks like the establishment and the LSM wants a race war. Divide and conquer…

  • stuckinIL4now

    So this from a business that creates games with names like Left 4 Dead and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, games based on lots of shooting with names from which one can glean are chock full of likely ridiculous amounts of violence and stupidity, yet no one moves to inhibit their freedom of expression. More loony libturd logic in action.

  • Swartzy

    so Turtle Rock is as big of a Bigot as Sterling? It sure seems that way. I think every one at Turtle Rock, who decided to fire this guy should be fired and banned from the game industry for their closed minded attitudes. There is no law against being an idiot and a racist and expressing those views in your home. He has been this way for decades and as long as he was handing out money People tolerated him. Now every one is running from him. They were hypocrites just like the so called leaders of Turtle Rock are. Shame shame shame. Give the guy his job back or Dump everything to do with Turtle Rock. Not really they have a right to be idiots as well, I hope they see the similarities.

  • Walter Goerlitz

    Liberals only believe in free speech if it concurs with theirs. Who cares what an old white liberal said to his paid wh*re?

  • BorderLine Guy

    White guilt. The company was likely scared of having the two race peddling twin “Revereds” hanging out at their front doors.

  • ashknothole

    Is that like being let go by the Nazi party?

  • Jake Bradford

    White men have increasingly limited speech in America.

  • http://www.algoreisabidfatidiot.com/ “Rev Jim Jones”

    While i have absolutely no respect for Sterling or his racial views, he seems to have released a certain McCarthyistic force in the community. The media and social leaders are frustratingly trying to crusade this event as a part of something more sinister but seem to not have found traction. What I see is a distasteful byproduct of a seemingly dirty old estranged man shared in confidence with his escort. And that’s enough ugly on its own.

    This thing is wrong at so many levels but should be treated as the oddity that it is and not the accidental exposing of some grand evil plot.

    Nothing to look at here folks just keep walking.

  • mndasher

    It now appears everyone has something to hide: their opinions, their political beliefs, their religious beliefs. Unless they have the “correct” opinions, and beliefs of course. Welcome to the new America it is getting very ugly.

  • Expat61

    And so, the first amendment dies and political correctness prevails. A man’s home is no longer his castle. The nanny state is complete.

  • QueenB

    zebra
    @NEZZZ0
    Follow
    #TurtleRock was 100% right to fire Josh Olin. He was making excuses for a BIGOT! Society should have no tolerance for these apologists!

    This is my fave. In order to achieve tolerance, there must be no tolerance. Brilliant.

    • KhadijahMuhammad

      No, he was simply saying that racist speech is protected under the 1st Amendment.

      • Onyx

        The 1st Amendment protects you from the government. Not from your employers, friends, and neighbors.

        • KhadijahMuhammad

          I said nothing to contrary. However, most states have labor laws which prevent people from being fired for their private personal political activities. California certainly does.

          I look forward to the day when a Christian-owned business terminates an employee upon finding out they sent a donation to Planned Parenthood. It will be fascinatiing to see how many people who say what you said above pivot on a dime.

      • QueenB

        Read again.

  • Marvin Nelson

    I love the way libtards label anyone whose racial views differ from their own as a RAAAAAAAAAACIST. They don’t even know the meaning of the word. Judging from Turtle Rock’s photo of employees, they are a very “diverse” organization, if you only count gender. I’ve never heard of the company, but rest assured that I will never purchase anything from them and will spread the word about their intolerant, thought-controlling behavior.

    • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

      Yup…

  • http://twitter.com/standsomemore StandSomeMore

    So, V. Stiviano broke the law by recording a private conversation, then blackmailing her boyfriend. What could possibly go wrong?

  • floridavet

    So, Turtle Rock has joined the long line of thought & opinion police.

  • Leende

    Does it feel like the Salam witch trials everyone looks at everyone waiting for the next one to fall.

  • BoscoBolt

    This is the United States – Sterling has the same constitutional rights as all Americans, right? Apparently, Turtle Rock Studios doesn’t think so.

    It’s also important to remeber that Sterling was illegally recorded by V. Stiviano, and that her releasing that recording to TMZ, TMZ publishing it, as well as the NBA using it as a basis for their actions against Sterling, are violations of California state law.

    http://www.turnerradionetwork.com/news/463-legal

    • Thomas Parker

      The girl friend may have broken a law. TMZ may have too, but being media can probably get off. I’m no lawyer, but l don’t think the Association is culpable.

      I can’t help but notice that sympathy here seems to fall to Sterling. Most moral people would think that Sterling is a rather unsympathetic character.

      That is all.

  • iconoclast

    Politically correct is not only evil but boring as well. TurtleRock will soon find out when they hire a new community manager that creativity has been managed out of that job.

    I suspect their game developers will become equally boring and soon find excuses to work elsewhere

  • jkpalmdale

    He should sue and he would win

  • Ghee!

    Political correctness is a disease. Clearly turtle rock execs are infected.

  • $29520529

    Remember when we were told by liberals that “offensive speech” was what the First Amendment was all about- hell their friends in the women objective industry (pornography) became billionaires on that interpretation! Now, I guess what is said and done is neither private or about free speech anymore. You don’t see conservatives knocking down doors to reveal your private actions, it’s your friendly progressive. Keep voting them in to power and continue to watch your privacy be eroded.

  • socalcon

    When the left does anything moronic, you can always expect them to double down.

  • John

    Get a good lawyer and sue for wrongful dismissal.

  • L T Ball

    Maybe Turtle Rock fired him for calling Sterling an Old Bigot. The company picture on their face book pave doesn’t have a single African American employee.. I think maybe people got it wrong and they are pro biggot https://www.facebook.com/TurtleRockStudios?hc_location=timeline

  • gena123

    Well my kids won’t be getting any games developed by these 1st amendment hating blowhards! WTH is with the thought police lately? Its totally 1984.

    • Thomas Parker

      Has nothing to do with 1st amendment, which limits what laws Congress may pass. Look it up.

      • gena123

        Free speech look it up. Yes we all understand the BOR is there to stop the gov from violating our rights, doesn’t mean private citizens have the right to violate your rights either. The BOR states the rights each citizens has, freedom of speech is one of them.

  • Mark Lynn

    America loves diversity of people but punishes diversity of opinion. How ironic!

  • notenoughtime

    Prefer to know first hand how someone feels even when it is not pretty, then to have to endure all the faux outrage as if being disagreeable is not happening day in and day out.

  • porgiefirefighter

    Turtle Rock has no doubt succeeded in shutting up any employee interested in keeping his or her job. Perhaps it would help if Turtle Rock posted a list of permissible opinions.

  • Bob Stauskas

    Patriots and Citizens: Slice through the illusions conjured up by clowns like Bill Maher and Jon Stewart: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878