PlayStation Staff Reportedly Angry With CEO’s Abortion Rights Email That Discuss Cat Birthdays

PlayStation staffers are reportedly angry with CEO Jim Ryan for emailing employees urging them to ‘respect differences of opinion’ on abortion rights before writing at length about the first party birthday of her two cats.

According to Bloomberg, the email begins by addressing current events such as the recent leak of a draft opinion from the United States Supreme Court signaling an intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion federally. Ryan didn’t take a position on the subject 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 the differences of opinion between everyone in our internal and external communities,” Ryan wrote. “Respect doesn’t equal agreement. But it’s fundamental to who we are as a company and as a beloved global brand.”

Ryan then wrote five paragraphs about something “lightweight 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 his two cats’ first birthday party – including their cakes – and his desire to have a dog one day.

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

While it’s not uncommon for companies to be reluctant to make political statements, especially those regarding abortion, Ryan’s attempt to put employees at ease with cat stories might be a first. GameSpot has contacted Sony for comment regarding Ryan’s email and is still awaiting a response.

A company taking a stand against the Supreme Court’s apparent attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, however, 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. Interestingly, however, Bungie is now a PlayStation studio, having recently been acquired by the company.

We at GameSpot agree with Bungie’s sentiment and have written an article explaining the impact that the cancellation of Roe v. Wade might have on US citizens, as well as outlining a number of pro-choice organizations you can support.

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