Nintendo did it. They finally did it.
Alison Rapp has been let go from Nintendo.
For anyone who doesn't know, Alison Rapp has had a controversial and arguably morally sick past as an employee with Nintendo. She was the spokesperson for Fire Emblem Fates, as well as being one of the workers on Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. One of her most recent controversies had to do with the localization of Fire Emblem Fates when the game released in the US in February.
However, Nintendo denies that her termination from the company had anything to do with Fire Emblem.
A statement from Nintendo:
“Alison Rapp was terminated due to violation of an internal company policy involving holding a second job in conflict with Nintendo’s corporate culture. Though Ms. Rapp’s termination follows her being the subject of criticism from certain groups via social media several weeks ago, the two are absolutely not related. Nintendo is a company committed to fostering inclusion and diversity in both our company and the broader video game industry and we firmly reject the harassment of individuals based on gender, race or personal beliefs. We wish Ms. Rapp well in her future endeavors.”
So why am I so happy that she was let go, you ask?
As a company, Nintendo has games marketed to a very wide audience. However, it is arguable that the majority of their franchises are marketed towards children and teen adolescents. So, I think it is safe to say that I do not want an advocate of legal child pornography to be the face of a company that directly markets toward children.Yeah. You read that right.
^ Here is a link to Rapp's thesis on why Japan should not be enforcing strict laws regarding child pornography and sexual activity.
Now, Rapp has argued in the past that in this thesis, she was referring to loli, which is the term for animated hentai that depicts prepubescent children, and is not live-action. However, according to posts on her Twitter, her views on the subject become vaguer and vaguer.
PSA: "Child Sexual Agency" is basically double slang for "allowing a child to experience sex in a *nurtured* environment."
And this here, is where Rapp goes into the unforgivable realm of morally corrupt.
The link she is referring to in this tweet leads to an article from CNN, where burglars tipped off the police that the owner of the home possessed child pornography.
See the full article here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/06/us/california-robbery-porn-bust/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
What is so saddening, is that even though I don't agree with Rapp morally, I have to admit that what she has said and done is legal, and if you are not in an "at will" state, she can't be fired for free speech. There are many other things I disliked about Rap, including her affiliation with women like Brianna Wu and Anita Sarkeesian. However, I didn't think she should necessarily be fired over her having a different opinion on feminism that I do.
However, Rapp's opinions about the relations of adults to children is not only dangerous to the feminist community, it is dangerous to every child she markets to. Her opinions are not something that should represent a company like Nintendo, that touches the lives of so many children. In my most humble opinion, Nintendo made the best decision they possibly could in terminating the employment of a woman like Alison Rapp. This is NOT a blow against women, if anything, this sends a message that Nintendo respects employees of quality.
There are several posts saying that Alison "made these posts years ago, and it is not indicative of her in 2016"
Well. Maybe not 2016, but surely 2015. I rest my case.