PlayStation Staff Reportedly Angry Over Abortion Rights Email From CEO Talking About Cat Birthdays

PlayStation staffers are reportedly angry at CEO Jim Ryan for sending an email to employees urging them to “respect differences of opinion” on abortion rights before writing, at length, about the first-ever baby shower. birthday of his two cats.

According to Bloomberg, the email begins by addressing current events, such as the recent leak of a US Supreme Court draft opinion signaling an intent to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion at the federal level. Ryan did not take a stance on the issue in the email, writing instead that the company and its employees are “multifaceted and diverse, with many different points of view.”

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

Ryan then wrote five paragraphs about something “joyful to help inspire everyone to be mindful of having a balance that can help ease the stress of uncertain world events:” his cats. The CEO described the first birthday party for his two cats, including their cakes, and his wish to have a dog one day.

In internal discussions seen by Bloomberg, PlayStation staff members expressed anger at the tone of the email, writing that they felt Ryan had trivialized their rights. An employee reportedly stated that he had “never been this mad about a cat’s birthday before.”

While it’s not unusual for companies to avoid making political statements, especially those related to abortion, Ryan’s attempt to make employees comfortable 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.

However, a company that opposes the Supreme Court’s apparent attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade is the developer of Destiny, 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-choice 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 studio for PlayStation, which was recently acquired by the company.

We at GameSpot share Bungie’s sentiment and have written an article explaining the impact that undoing Roe v. Wade on American Citizens, as well as describing a number of pro-choice organizations you can support.

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