Cancel culture is a phenomenon that can manifest itself in many ways. An opinion deemed “controversial” by the masses can wipe out companies, jobs and reputations in a matter of hours. John Gibson, now former CEO of Tripwire, experienced this unpleasantness first-hand after speaking out in favor of the pro-life law enacted in the state of Texas.
“Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat. As an entertainer I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer,” Gibson tweeted on September 4.
It took only 53 hours, just over two days, for Tripwire to release a statement disassociating itself from Gibson’s opinion announcing that the former CEO himself was relieved of his position.
“The comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion, and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company. His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners and much of our broader community. Our leadership team at Tripwire are deeply sorry and are unified in our commitment to take swift action and to foster a more positive environment,” read the video game company’s statement.
“Effective immediately, John Gibson has stepped down as CEO of Tripwire Interactive. Co-founding member and current Vice President, Alan Wilson, will take over as interim CEO.”
According to information from CBS News, Tripwire, which is based in Roswell, Georgia, “produces video games, including first-person shooter game Killing Floor, survival game Maneater and a popular medieval warfare game called Chivalry 2.”
Gibson’s dismissal from his position came after hundreds of pro-abortion users criticized the then Tripwire CEO’s tweet. Likewise, the video game developer also received support from pro-life users who appreciated the pronouncement and, at the same time, lamented his dismissal.
The intolerance against Gibson after expressing his pro-life position was not only reflected in the comments of hundreds of pro-abortion users, but also in the boycott that Tripwire’s partners initiated against the company after Gibson posted his tweet.
For example, Shipwright Studios, a former Tripwire development partner, responded to Gibson’s tweet with an official statement: “We cannot in good conscience continue to work with Tripwire under the current leadership structure.”
The truth is that, after publishing his pro-life position, Gibson lost his position in the company where he has worked since its founding in 2005.