PlayStation employees are reportedly furious with CEO Jim Ryan for emailing employees urging them to respect “disagreements” over abortion rights before going into detail about his two cats’ first birthday celebrations.
According to Bloomberg, the email begins with current events, such as the recently leaked draft Opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court signaling an intention to have Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion at the federal level. Ryan didn’t comment on the issue in the email, instead writing that the company and its employees are “multifaceted, diverse, and have many different viewpoints.”
“We owe it to each other and the millions of PlayStation users to respect disagreements between everyone in our internal and external communities,” Ryan wrote. “Respect is not the same as approval. But it is fundamental to who we are as a company and as a valued global brand.”
Ryan then went on to write five paragraphs about something “to inspire everyone to heed the balance that can help relieve the stress of uncertain world events:” his cats. The CEO detailed his two cats’ first birthday celebrations — including their cakes — and his desire to one day have a dog.
In internal discussions viewed by Bloomberg, PlayStation employees expressed anger at the tone of the email and wrote that they felt Ryan had trivialized their rights. One staffer reportedly said he’s “never been so mad at a cat’s birthday before.”
While it’s not uncommon for companies to shy away from political statements — particularly when it comes to abortion — Ryan’s attempt to soothe employees with cat stories could be a first. GameSpot has reached out to Sony for comment on Ryan’s email and is still awaiting a response.
A company contesting the Supreme Court’s apparent attempt to rule Roe v. Overthrowing Wade, however, takes a stand is Destiny developer Bungie. In a blog post shared on the studio’s official website last week, the company called the decision “a direct attack on human rights.” The company then listed a number of pro-Coice organizations that supporters can donate to, including URGE (Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity) and NARAL Pro-Choice America. However, it’s interesting to note that Bungie is now a PlayStation studio that was recently acquired by the company.
At GameSpot, we share Bungie’s sentiments and have written an article explaining the implications of Roe v. Wade might have on American citizens, as well as outlined a number of pro-choice organizations you can support.