Elevating yourself atop a company is not a shield of protection. Instead, a promotion makes you even more vulnerable to the mob of woke losers.
Look at Tripwire Interactive, a Georgia-based video game company. Several days ago, the now-former CEO of the company John Gibson tweeted that he was “proud” of the Supreme Court for not interfering in Texas’ abortion law, which bans abortions when medical officials can detect a fetal heartbeat. Soon after that tweet, Tripwire announced that Gibson had stepped down.
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.
— John Gibson (@RammJaeger) September 4, 2021
In other words, Tripwire fired its CEO for not supporting abortions publicly. Companies in the public eye, of course, don’t allow that. So if you work for one, and hopefully you don’t, take notice. You could be next.
Here is Tripwire’s explanation, one that no one believes:
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. Alan has been with the company since its formation in 2005 and is an active lead in both the studio’s business and developmental affairs. Alan will work with the rest of the Tripwire leadership team to take steps with employees and partners to address their concerns including executing a company-wide town hall meeting and promoting open dialogue with Tripwire leadership and all employees. His understanding of both the company’s culture and the creative vision of our games will carry the team through this transition, with full support from the other Tripwire leaders.
Alan Wilson, likely a saint.
It’s disturbing that company arbiters — most of whom are faceless — allow CEOs to voice only one opinion. Companies across America would be stunned to learn that the country is divided on most hot-button topics. Meaning, views are not always either correct or bigoted, as these corporations pretend they are.
Tripwire has sent a message to an already weak batch of CEOs. Companies follow each other, and they have been put on notice: tweeting in support of pro-life causes is now forbidden. Executives answer to blue-checks on Twitter, Tripwire reminds us. They are powerless against them.