A Twitter user and Cloud9 employee (maybe ex employee now) put out a tweet recently insinuating anyone using the Captain Volibear police skin in League of Legends was racist, although it did seem her tweet was aimed mostly at a Danish player that goes by Santorin. There are so many reasons why making a statement like this is foolish and I’ll get into that in a minute. Lots of people had reactions to this post good and bad, one of those people being the Founder & CEO of Cloud 9 Jack Etienne, who posted this statement…
“Addressing recent Cloud9 employee statements
Yesterday a Cloud9 employee made statements on her personal Twitter account regarding an LCS player’s use of a police skin in a game. We’ve heard the community’s feedback, and we agree — these comments were ill-conceived and objectionable. These are tense times, and urgent issues are being discussed publicly and privately. Cloud9 believes serious, civil discourse on these issues is important. We also believe that threats to publicly label anyone as prejudiced cannot be made lightly — the resulting personal and professional outcomes can be life-changing.
We have a clear policy regarding social media content that applies to any Cloud9 staff member choosing to highlight that affiliation (through the use of a Cloud9 header or similar asset) and will address any violation of that policy internally. Additionally, Mae and Jack have reached out personally to the player involved to apologize.
Finally, we ask those who were offended by these comments to refrain from personal attacks and threats. Cloud9 is known for developing unproven talent in the LCS. We believe that there’s a champion in everyone, and that belief extends across our teams, our staff, our fans, and beyond. Choosing to see that potential isn’t always easy. It requires you to invest time and effort into people despite the way you may feel about their politics or their appearance. But seeing that potential in someone and helping them to realize it is always worth that effort.”
He stepped up and did the right thing by putting this statement out and I haven’t been able to confirm it but I believe Mae was fired for her original post, Her Twitter has no mention of C9 in her bio anywhere now so I think it’s safe to assume…I see a ton of people on Twitter giving her shit and really guys, If she lost her job over it then she paid her penalty for a foolish statement and there’s no need to push it any further as far as anger in her direction, I believe she still owes Santorin an apology but I’m not going to hold my breath.
Tweets like hers are not only foolish but they’re dangerous, there is enough real racism in the world to fight against…people are finally starting to realize just how bad racism is and always has been, it’s starting to get the attention and understanding that it fully deserves but if you have people like this making petty ass statements about cartoon police bears in a video game all you’re doing is distracting from the real issues…This woman must live some kind of blessed life that this was the worst racism she could find that day to stand up to…I see it all around me everyday, real racism from real people not video game characters…but…like all things these days, even this has been a divisive subject with twitter users both angry at her and also standing up for her, I’ve said my piece and I think it’s pretty clear where I stand on it but figured I’d share some of the more interesting and thought provoking tweets from both sides of the argument, would also like to thank Youtube content creator Bowblax as it was his video that brought this to my attention, great Youtuber and I suggest checking him out if you haven’t already. anyways on with the tweets.
I agree what she said was quite possibly the worst tweet of all time but she is gone now let c9 and jack tweet what they want to tweet and not be glued to Mae— muffenlord (@muffenlord8112) July 7, 2020
Agreed, Cloud9 did nothing wrong and responded in all the right ways and she paid a big penalty for her statement, no need to direct hate anywhere anymore.
Imagine attacking a danish player for using a skin instead of actually doing something towards ending police brutality 🗿— ashton (@flcltime) July 7, 2020
As you can see there are varied opinions on this whole thing.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
So calling a person not from america a racist for using a police skin is okay even though politics has nothing to do with LCS nor does the horrific killing of people in America anything to do with a European. Get off your high horse.— Very Angry and Anarchist (@AngryAnarchist_) July 6, 2020
I’m not a fan of police, I got in all kinds of trouble when I was younger and had many issues with them and I fucking hate racism with a passion but come on people….what kind of a fucking bubble are you living in that you think this is where the focus should be…call yourself woke when you need to wake the fuck up.