Hello, good day, and welcome to a new feature I’ll be doing where I’ll be choosing some hot button topics to deconstruct and utterly destroy! It’s a throwback to, as you might have guessed, a regular Animaniacs feature so don’t expect an analytical approach that will tear down every fact and minute detail because there are already tons of people who are doing that for me! What I’m looking to do is give you guys the basic breakdown of a hot topic. Now, without further explanation, let’s get right to it!
This one’s gonna be a big one, opening with not one, but two topics to blow the hell out of, because, hell, why not? They are somewhat related. Wheel of Morality, turn, turn, turn… tell us the people that we should burn…
Alison Rapp and the Stereotypical Feminist
Yeah, so, throughout life I’ve been called some pretty dirty and nasty things and misogynist is among them. I think I’m more borderline than anything else but that’s just because I think a lot of people stink, both male and female alike. One of the trends that seems to be taking up a lot of space in the Twittersphere in regards to gaming, these days, is this woman named Alison Rapp and her firing from Nintendo as a public relations guru for the localization department of the company. I’ve never really ever worked with Nintendo, officially, but I can say that, as an outsider, it was pretty easy to blame Nintendo for the way they composed themselves during the firing, but it would look like there’s a few sides to the story, so let’s dig a smidgen deeper, shall we?
Starting her employment with Nintendo, about three years ago, Alison was tasked with representing the localization division in the public eye. As we all know, Nintendo’s rather, almost ironically, religious with their public image and how they come across to their intended markets: I mean, look at some of the minor and insignificant changes they’ve made to games over the years just to save face in franchises like Castlevania, Final Fantasy, and others. It’s not exactly news that Alison would have to do a lot of work in order to be uniform with Nintendo’s ideals and policies. Except she wasn’t! At nearly every turn she could, especially on Twitter, she would take the opportunity to talk about controversial topics and argue with her dissidents, of which there were many. Oftentimes, she would be caught saying things she probably shouldn’t as a public representative of Nintendo; lots of it was in response to the trolling she’d receive, apparently, all from #GamerGate, where she wouldn’t be the grow-up and mature professional that would let the inciting of others roll off of her back, all because she had a chip on her shoulder and a point to prove.
Now, I don’t know about any of you but I don’t even need to look at this whole feminism thing, gaming, or even #GamerGate as a whole to understand why this would be an internal problem: I’ve worked with people like Alison Rapp. Hell, I’ve even played the role of Alison Rapp in my younger years: being righteous, being right, getting appreciation, and causing shame in my dissidents were way more important than some measly job I was holding up: my cause was righteous and people needed to listen to me. Having been on the other side of this who’s witnessed employees like this… it’s fucking annoying. Employees don’t like it, managers absolutely hate it, and administrative professionals despise it: right down the line it makes that employee less productive, more grating, and it reflects negatively on the company they work for. It puts a target on their back and managers make it their job to find a reason to terminate their employment after so long.
For Nintendo, though – and, in a lot of the cases where this kind of a person applies, as an employee – Alison eventually gave them a reason: turns out Alison was “moonlighting” as a professional and “high-class” escort (the reason for the quotations is, honestly, because I’m not sure exactly how classy or dedicated she was, honestly, and I could care less). I’m not sure how exactly Alison thought she’d get away with this but the bottom line is that it was very clear she didn’t hide her tracks very well and the connection was made: Nintendo took action almost immediately. Alison has made it her mission to blame the revealing of this information on those who “harassed” her but the fact still remains that this is classically a conflict of interest and violates contracts she signed that, knowing Nintendo, clearly states that being an escort, a prostitute, whatever she actually was, does not fit with the corporate culture and isn’t becoming of someone who’s to be a part of Nintendo’s public image.
Okay, so Alison Rapp’s a pretty immature and irrational person but what does this have to do with the stereotypical feminist, you might be asking? Well, I’m glad you asked. Let’s put aside, for a moment, the fact that she has taken very clear feminist stances on certain topics and is well-known for standing for women’s rights on certain issues and look at how she stands as one of the poster children for the stereotype of feminism. Actually, let’s just refer to just how it applies in this situation: first off, she’s incredibly vocal about just about everything on Twitter. There’s nothing too sacred and there’s nothing too out there. If there’s an opinion to be had, she’s going to have it, especially if it regards women’s rights or feminism and that generates a lot of attention, especially since she’s the public image of Nintendo’s localization team: however, not all of this attention is good, as there are a great deal of gamers out there who don’t like some of the choices she or the localization team makes. She gets incredibly defensive and takes many opportunities to make things about how she’s oppressed instead of simply ignoring people like most mature adults would. Instead of owning up to her choices to become an escort or whatever, she chose to blame her firing on #GamerGate and the “harassment” she’s had to suffer in some kind of attempt to deflect blame back on her dissidents.
This really makes it hard to take her seriously, right? Well, that’s the problem with the stereotype of feminism, is that a lot of feminists are either living that stereotype right down to the last detail or they are certainly doing things to reinforce that stereotype. This is why feminism is getting such a bad rap and women like Alison Rapp are no different in this case. She’s not a terrible person, by any means: there’s people who have done incredibly worse things and this shouldn’t be taken as a smear campaign on her or on women but this doesn’t make her a good fit for working at Nintendo. She is free to be who she is but her attitude, her approach to discussion, and her inability to conform do not work well with a company like Nintendo and, honestly, both the company and her are better off having her fired.
Your greatest change in life has to come from within, Alison, and you have to overcome and show integrity and maturity in all things you do, especially in your professional career. Sometimes, that means eating up some of the suffering and asking for more. No one’s going to take you seriously if you’re the one decrying your own suffering and using that as a platform of dissent. Nobody likes a whiner. You have to be better than those you would oppose and that’s why the “trolls” you hate so much always seem so satisfied with getting you riled up: they’re like bullies and they’re getting exactly what they came for and they know how to get a rise out of people like you.
Don’t want my advice? That’s fine. Too “mansplanation”-like for you? That’s fine for me. But I guess that’s the difference between someone who cherishes their employment and someone who would spite it.