news Marvel’s Avengers Spokesperson Loses Role Over Offensive Tweets
Image: Crystal DynamicsIt's a tale as old as Twitter itself: Person says stupid, offensive stuff in the past, person comes to prominence, old tweets get dug up, person apologizes,
the internet holds court. The whole performance has just taken place once again, this time featuring Crystal Dynamics' spokesperson and game design lead on Marvel's AvengersBrian
Wagoner.ace Rock Paper Shotgun reports, over the weekend a bunch of old tweets by Waggoner were unearthed, which today led to his apologizing, and Crystal Dynamics following up to
say how disappointed they are, and that they're taking away Waggoner's spokesperson status. Now all involved, having followed the prescribed script, are presumably hoping it'll go
away.Wagoner's tweets, dating from around 2010 to 2016 (during which time he worked for Marvel and Gazillion), were pretty grim. Some were clearly attempts at jokes, at least one
relying on lazy, racist stereotypeswhile another just flat-out mocked people with disabilities. However, others appear to be just brazen dogwhistle racism.As so often appears to be
the case, Waggoner reports he's since had a complete change of personality, these historical messages from the distant cancels of six years ago now moot, given his reformed ways.
“Over the weekend,” he explained in a statement on his ongoing Twitter account“old tweets I wrote from before my time at Crystal resurfaced and I apologize and take full
accountability for the hurt they caused to my followers, the community, and those I work with.”The boiler-plate apology text continues, “Since that time, I have learned and
grown and the content I posted doesn't reflect who I am today.” For those unconvinced he adds, “I understand if you cannot accept my apology because of the pain I have caused.
I will continue to listen, learn, and work to improve myself.”G/O Media may get a commissionCrystal Dynamics then followed upstating: It's incredibly disappointing to see
language & views from employees that don't align with our studio values. We apologize to our community & coworkers who are rightfully upset by the content. Brian will no longer be
a studio spokesperson or communicating about studio projects.Look, you don't need my opinion about any of this, because you already have your own, and honestly, this feels like a
story we've written three hundred times already, just with a different block's name at the start. But heck, I still have opinions.What I hate about all of this, every aspect of it,
is that none of it is truthful. On any side.Those scripted “apologies” are designed to save face, to cover all bases, and to “draw a line under it,” without ever actually