A video game company manager says she was fired after an online campaign accused her of being a “transphobe” — starting after she raved about an upcoming “Harry Potter” game.
Kara Lynne told the National Review she was first targeted by trans-rights activists after she replied to a tweet asking for opinions on the “Hogwarts Legacy” game being released next month.
While many used it to attack author J.K. Rowling as a TERF — an acronym for trans-exclusionary radical feminist — Lynne instead tweeted: “I’m personally looking forward to it!
“The more I see gameplay, the more excited I get. It’s hitting all the marks I’ve been wanting for a Harry Potter game,” she wrote.
Lynne believes that tweet sparked the deep dive into her social media history and an online campaign that swiftly led to her getting fired as the community manager for boutique publisher Limited Run Games.
“I have this feeling that this is kind of where it stemmed from,” she told the National Review of her “Harry Potter” tweet.
“There is a huge, huge discourse going on in the gaming sphere in which a lot of people are saying, ‘If you support this game in any way, you’re also supporting J.K. Rowling,” she said of the author whose had death threats for her outspoken views.
She told YouTube channel Ripperverse that she was fired on Jan. 6, which started as “every normal day” until she started getting messages about an anonymous transgender user tweeting about her under Purple Tinker.
The user, Purple Tinker, called Lynne “a transphobe who follows a veritable who’s who of right-wing transphobic creeps.”
The criticism included a screenshot of how she was following — but not necessarily sharing messages from — Blair White, Ian Miles Cheong and Libs of TikTok, suggesting she shared responsibility for their views.
Purple Tinker also dug up a since-deleted tweet from 2016 — four years before Lynne joined Limited Run Games — in which she wrote about the then-hot button issue of bathrooms. “If you think the # of trans crying about using a bathroom is higher than the perves using the excuse, you are what is wrong with this world,” she wrote at the time.
The Washington Post previously said Purpule Tinker is run by Jessica Blank, a transgender woman and the founder of BronyCon, an annual convention for adults obsessed with “My Little Pony.”
Purple Tinker said she was so incensed by Lynne, the account even “demanded a refund for my over $1200 in pending orders.”
“Unless and until she is fired from the company permanently, I am not giving them another single dime,” the trans user wrote.
“I was just like, ‘Well … crap,’” Lynne said of the flood of tweets from someone she had “never interacted with before.”
She said she assumed it would “blow over,” but failed to reach her bosses — until they called her into a 4:30 p.m. meeting that day and fired her.
“In that call, I will say that there were a lot of emotions,” she wrote on TwitLonger.
“I could tell they didn’t want to do what they were doing and even said they didn’t want to. They were being pressured from elsewhere. From what I was told there were no other options presented,” she said.
She was let go despite having “never been written up or reprimanded” and having “refrained from commenting or interacting with any political content or controversial topics on my personal social media accounts.
“This one isolated incident was apparently all it took. At least that is what I have been led to believe. If there was another reason, I was not informed,” she wrote.
She insisted that she holds no ill will against her former company or even the trans activist who targeted her, suggesting it was likely someone “having a tough time in their life.”
“I am not angry, but I am hurt,” she said.
Limited Run Games “didn’t want the bad publicity and I can understand that. Unfortunately, I feel like that backfired on them,” she wrote.
Mostly, she said she was speaking out to highlight the dangers of “cancel culture.”
“I have always been opposed to it … If you don’t like something, vote with your wallet and move along. There’s no need for vicious attacks on people or companies,” she wrote.
Limited Run Games did not respond to the National Review’s request for comment.
In its tweet first announcing that Lynne had been “terminated,” the company said it was “committed to supporting an inclusive culture.”
“Our goal as a company is to continue to foster a positive and safe environment for everyone.”
Purple Tinker initially celebrated Lynne’s exit, writing hours after her initial attack: “UPDATE: SHE WAS FIRED.”
Since then, the anonymous user has complained of a barrage of hate for the cancel-campaign, including the “defamatory, utterly baseless lie” that she is a groomer.
She insisted the company’s decision to fire Lynne was proof that her campaign was justified.
“I’m not the story here. If there is a story at all, it is this: Limited Run Games works with many LGBTQ+ creators, has many LGBTQ+ customers, and have decided they aren’t comfortable with a Community Manager who makes LGBTQ+ people feel unsafe,” she wrote.
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