A woman was fired from a gaming company earlier this month after a "trans" Twitter user called her a "transphobe" who follows "right-wing transphobic creeps" on the social media platform.
It appears to be a chilling example of how rapidly your world can change when even one Twitter user — and in this case, one with a grand total of fewer than 3,400 followers as of Friday afternoon — publicly demands your firing, and your bosses are afraid of what might happen if they don't do as commanded.
What are the details?
It all started when a Twitter user called Purple Tinker — who uses the description "trans, she/her" — earlier this month targeted Kara Lynne, at the time the community manager for Limited Run Games.
Purple Tinker on Jan. 6 tweeted that Lynne is a "transphobe" who "follows a veritable who's who of right-wing transphobic creeps."
What's more, the tweet added that "unless and until she is fired from the company permanently, I am not giving them another single dime."
One of the screenshots shared in the Purple Tinker tweet shows a Twitter post from Lynne — written way back in 2016: "If you think the # of trans crying about using a bathroom is higher than the perves [sic] using the excuse, you are what is wrong with this world."
Other screenshots in the Purple Tinker tweet and in a follow-up post show Lynne following the likes of BlazeTV's Dave Rubin, Libs of TikTok, and actress Gina Carano — all of whom the Purple Tinker tweeter referred to as "transphobic follows."
Then the almighty dollar came into play:
Apparently that was too much for Limited Run Games, because Lynne explained in a TwitLonger post that her company fired her that same day.
"My day started by waking up to a message from a co-worker with a link to the post that has now circulated the internet and demanded my termination from the company," Lynne wrote. "I can honestly say that it came out of left field. That single message was the only one I received up until I was requested to join a call at 4:30 p.m. The call in which I was informed that I was being released from the company."
She added, "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." Lynne also noted that Limited Run Games "didn’t want the bad publicity, and I can understand that."
Here's how the company explained its position on Twitter:
In her TwitLonger post, Lynne also cautioned readers about "the dangers of cancel culture. I have always been opposed to it and have voiced my disagreement with how it is handled. It can be hurtful to all parties involved. If you don’t like something, vote with your wallet and move along. There’s no need for vicious attacks on people or companies. Sending horrible messages to a company's online social platform can take a huge mental toll on those people who have to read those. People who had no hand in the situation. Please just think before you post. We’re all guilty of posting something fueled by emotion, but fail to consider just how many other bystanders may be negatively affected. Let’s just try to be better."
She also spoke to Fox News' Tucker Carlson about the issue Thursday night, noting that her former company wasn't concerned about who she followed on Twitter but let her go in order to stem the tide of bad publicity:
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