Sony PlayStation staff outraged by CEO’s stance on abortion rights in chat email

The PlayStation CEO is under fire.

Sony Group Corporation employees say they are outraged by an email the head of PlayStation sent days after a leaked draft indicated the Supreme Court was set to overturn Roe v. Wade, Bloomberg first reported.

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan sent an email to employees on Thursday in which he remained neutral on his stance on abortion rights and encouraged others to ‘respect differences of opinion’ – before saying launch into five inopportune paragraphs about his two cats celebrating their birthdays.

“We owe it to each other and to the millions of PlayStation users to respect the differences of opinion between everyone in our internal and external communities,” he wrote. “Respect does not equal agreement. But it’s fundamental to who we are as a company and as a beloved global brand.

Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, received backlash after sending employees an email asking them to ‘respect differences of opinion’ on abortion rights before concluding the message badly received with paragraphs about the birthdays of his cats.

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Ryan then suddenly changed the subject, diving into a story about his two cats celebrating their first birthday and telling his employees that he “would like to share something lighthearted to help inspire everyone to be mindful of having a balance. which can help ease the stress of uncertain world events. .”

Gushing about his furry friends, Ryan bragged about getting his cats birthday cakes, opened up about their habits and revealed his dreams of one day owning a dog.

Employees at several PlayStation studios said they were put off by the tone of the email, according to internal company discussions viewed and reported by Bloomberg.

Some employees said they did not feel respected by the message. An employee said he had “never been so mad at a cat’s birthday”.

An employee tweeted that he had replied to Ryan’s email to say the company “could do a better job.”

Other Twitter users also condemned Ryan’s email.

Although PlayStation has not taken a public position on abortion rights, other companies in the video game industry have.

Notably, Bungie Inc., developer of the Destiny game and a company Sony agreed to buy earlier this year for $3.6 billion, blasted the Supreme Court’s leaked plan as “a direct attack on the rights rights” in a blog post last week.

“Defending reproductive choice and freedom is not a difficult decision to make,” Bungie said in the post.

Some have praised Bungie’s hands-on stance on abortion rights.

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