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It’s Come to This

Posted on | May 2, 2014 | 37 Comments

Ace saw this and could scarcely believe it, but it’s true: Some guy with an online gaming site got fired — fired! — for a Tweet — a Tweet! — about L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling:

Josh Olin, the community and eSports manager at Evolve developer Turtle Rock Studios, is no longer with the company in the wake of a series of remarks related to vilified Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Olin, a former community manager at Treyarch Studios (Call of Duty: Black Ops) and Riot Games (League of Legends), said on Twitter on Wednesday, “Here’s an unpopular opinion: Donald Sterling has the right as an American to be an old bigot in the security of his own home. He’s a victim.”
The tweet was in reference to Donald Sterling’s private racist remarks being made public, the ensuing media attention and punishment meted out by NBA league commissioner Adam Silver. The commissioner announced on Tuesday that Sterling was banned for life from NBA events and would pay a fine of $2.5 million. Silver is also attempting to force a sale of the Clippers.
After Olin’s remarks hit Twitter, some of his followers — he has some 142,000 — challenged the original tweet. “When you were raised in an era where segregation was perceived as ‘right’, that will stick with some people,” Olin later said. “Doesn’t make him a monster.”
Olin later clarified that he believed Sterling was a victim because of “illegal wiretapping resulting in a MASSIVE, life altering breach in privacy.” Today, Olin tweeted he was “expressly not defending [Sterling’s] remarks or actions.”

This is insane: Person X says foul and offensive things in private conversation, which is recorded by Person Y. When the recording is made public, vehement condemnation descends on Person X. Everyone agrees his comments were offensive, but when Person Z says merely that Person X has a right to privacy and the right to his own opinion, unlimited personal destruction must be unleashed against Person Z because . . . ? Well, why, exactly?

It’s insane, like I said, but don’t start me talking. I could talk all night.




37 Responses to “It’s Come to This”

  1. ariyadesai01
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 7:42 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM It’s Come to This #TCOT

  2. RKae
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    Yowza! That’s double-dipping in the anti-free-speech vat! First they want to destroy one guy for speaking his opinion, then they want to destroy another guy for saying “he should be allowed to speak his opinion.”

  3. CrustyB
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

    They make games like “Left 4 Dead.”

    Time to boycott games like “Left 4 Dead.”

  4. Jeanette Victoria
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

    I’m having a difficult time telling difference between the Soviet Union and the USA. The truly scary part is the fact there are just hoards of extremely mailable and stupid liberals who want this kind of totalitarian thought control. In fact when they have shut someone up who has the “wrong opinion” they feel morality superior

  5. RS
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

    We are fast reaching the point where not only are “offenders” punished, however they may be defined, but any one connected to them in any way is also tainted beyond recognition. The North Koreans have this sort of thing down to an art form.

  6. Quartermaster
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

    US, toast. Little assembly required.

  7. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    I sent RSM this tweet about a half hour ago.

  8. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 8:08 pm

    The Soviet Union did not give a rip about this stuff, just if you were an enemy of the state. Hey come to think of it, our state does not give a rip about this either, just if they perceive you as an enemy.

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  10. Tish
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

    Years ago, I heard a WW II vet say this to an anti-American big mouth “I despise what you say,do and stand for, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it” Now that is the true meaning of Freedom of Speech

  11. Jeanette Victoria
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

    Not many people get that anymore

  12. Jeanette Victoria
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

    Shocking when you read the comments so many foot soldiers for oppression

  13. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

    So a Christian (in this case an African American) who believes that evolution and that homosexuality are wrong is now “beyond the pale” so to speak.

    WTF? How soon before the same is true for “global warming deniers”

  14. Julie Pascal
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

    He didn’t even say so much “he should be allowed to speak his opinion” but that people had a right to privacy and a right to say dickish stupid things in private.

  15. Jeanette Victoria
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 9:03 pm


  16. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 9:08 pm

    If you can be fired for these offenses, then the Gay Mafia/Left better shut their traps if some church refuses to hire a transexual to teach Sunday School or some employer fires a person because they smell too much like patchouli and weed.

  17. G Joubert
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

    It’s a feeding frenzy. We have entered the payback phase of the civil rights movement.

  18. Rain
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

    How exactly can the NBA commissioner “fine” Stirling for what he said in the privacy of his own home that was recorded and then released without his permission (I would think) illegally?? What am I missing here?

  19. RKae
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 9:48 pm

    I’ve been several steps ahead in that regard for many years now.

  20. Kirby McCain
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 10:32 pm


  21. ndmike12
    May 2nd, 2014 @ 10:32 pm

    Saying that Olin’s tweet was a defense of racism is like saying that expressing opposition to capital punishment in all cases is a defense of the rape and murder of innocents. That’s either extremely lazy thinking or intellectual dishonesty.

    And for the record, I don’t feel sorry for Sterling. He has a history of actual racial discrimination as a landlord, which is entirely different from mere speech.

  22. Anon Y. Mous
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 1:00 am

    One interesting aspect in this is the last line’s of Olin’s statement regarding his termination:

    That said, everyone should totally still buy Evolve. The guys and gals making that game know their ***, and are making it good.

    The cynic in me wonders if this whole thing is a marketing strategy. They have a new game coming out, and all of a sudden, they have a lot of new attention on it.

  23. Funeral guy
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 2:11 am

    Will the last person leaving the old America please turn out the lights? (Climate Change…you know.)

  24. Guest
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 3:20 am

    fuck it, didn’t like that free speech anyways

    i for one welcome our new overlords


  25. Finrod Felagund
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 3:22 am

    And some people wonder why I don’t post things under my real name.

  26. Dennis M.
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 7:43 am

    Did someone re-start the Comité de salut public?

  27. Quartermaster
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    May not happen with the Globaloney deniers as serious push back has already taken place.

  28. physicsnut
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    are you kidding ? THe commies played this like a fiddle – all the time.

  29. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

    Well he also thinks Disney is a “dark empire.” I have to admit I thought the same thing after I got the bill for lunch at the Magic Kingdom once. The “magic” is how they can get so much money out of your pockets and into the Mouse’s.

  30. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

    The commies used gay stuff as an excuse to lock people up. Ultimately the commies just looked for excuses to lock people up (or shoot them in the head as the case might be). They certainly did not care about gays, in any way shape or form and were mostly hostile to it.

  31. Jeanette Victoria
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

    He’s right look at Milley and a host of other disney kids. They aren’t exactly poster kids for normalcy and morals

  32. Jeanette Victoria
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

    Don’t forget liberals eat their own. Look at Paula Deen

  33. K-Bob
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

    Huh. I figured you were one of those Barlow county Felagunds. Not like the Marshall county Felagunds at all. They like things like “taters”.

  34. K-Bob
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 5:08 pm

    Just wait for the fire to burn out.

    Save your tyvek suit for salvage work.

  35. K-Bob
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    It has moved beyond mere #ShutUppery (which you should add to the tags for this article).

    The tactics of the left are progressing from the civilized toward the medieval. What next, the Spanish Boot?

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