PlayStation and Insomniac to donate $100,000 for women’s reproductive rights after PS president’s insensitive email
In an email seen by Bloomberg Last week, PlayStation Chairman Jim Ryan wrote to employees asking them to “respect differences of opinion” regarding abortion rights before detailing his two cats’ recent birthday parties. Now, PlayStation and sony the Insomniac subsidiary is donating $50,000 each to the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project.
Request e-mail address sony was the recently leaked Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Ryan’s email said “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 then introduced a “lighter” subject and talked about the first birthdays of his two cats. He even went into detail about the noises his cat makes, their birthday cakes and his hopes of one day having a dog.
In an email seen by the Washington PostInsomniac, which has published beloved games such as Ratchet and Clank, plans to donate $50,000 to WRRAP, and Sony will match the donation. Insomniac will also collect donations from individual employees through the “PlayStation Cares” program.
In addition to the donations, Sony and Insomniac plan to work together to create an initiative to provide financial assistance to employees who must travel outside of their state of residence in order to obtain reproductive care.
Insomniac, according to CEO Ted Price, is not authorized to post publicly about the donation. Price said in an email that going over Sony’s head and tweeting about the donation would create “material repercussions for [Insomniac] as a wholly owned subsidiary. While Insomniac commented on the donation, Price also said he feared “any progress we might make to help change [Sony Interactive Entertainment’s] approach would be stopped dead in its tracks.
Reaction to the news on social media was mixed, with some people saying politics should be kept away from gaming, while others, including Insomniac employees, urged the company to talk about it. .