A woman fired from a video game company for following conservative accounts on Twitter says that she follows all stripes of users and tries to leave politics out of the workplace.
Kara Lynne was fired by Limited Run Games earlier this month, after an online outcry led by a trans activist who accused her of being ‘a transphobe who follows a veritable who’s who of right-wing transphobic creeps.’
‘The funny thing about it is, the accounts — I follow accounts of every political affiliation. I am the type of person who likes to see from every direction, so I follow a variety of accounts,’ Lynne said in an interview with Fox News on Thursday.
Lynne said that Limited Run Games, where she had worked since November 2020, was actually more concerned with the online backlash than the types of Twitter accounts she followed.
‘It was more of the publicity it was getting. That was the main thing. They had no qualms with who I followed or anything like that,’ she said.
Kara Lynne spoke out in an interview with Fox News on Thursday, after she was fired followed online outcry over the Twitter accounts she follows
Lynne also spoke at greater length about the incident in a separate interview with YouTuber Eric July, a rapper and libertarian commentator.
‘It hurt,’ she said of getting fired. ‘I wasn’t angry with [the company], because from a PR perspective, being in a marketing position, you’ve got to understand where they were coming from with this.’
However, she added, ‘I wish they would’ve had my back.’
Lynne said that both on social media and in the workplace, she tried to seer clear of political controversies, saying, ‘I’m not a political person in the first place.’
‘I typically keep to myself, politics-wise, in the workplace, just because I don’t feel like that needs to be — my beliefs don’t need to be pressed on anybody else,’ she said.
‘I’ve always been very adamant about that like you do you, I’ll do me,’ she added.
Kara Lynne (pictured) was ‘terminated’ by Limited Run Games hours after a trans activist threatened to boycott the company because Lynne follows conservative Twitter accounts
Lynne was fired on January 6, hours after activist Jessica Blank, a trans woman and activist, who uses the moniker Purple Tinker, publicly accused Lynne of being a ‘transphobe’.
Blank shared screenshots of accounts followed by Lynne and said she would stop shopping with Limited Run games until Lynne, who was the company’s community manager, was fired.
Lynne believes the complaint was triggered because she tweeted her excitement about the release of a new Harry Potter-themed video game, which some people have threatened to boycott because of JK Rowling’s views about trans issues.
Blank tweeted to Limited Run Games complaining that Lynne’s ‘transphobic follows’ included Libs of TikTok, which shares videos made by liberal social media users, YouTuber Blaire White, and right-wing commentator Ian Miles Cheung.
Blank also shared a tweet written by Lynne in May 2016 which said: ‘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.’
Blank said: ‘Unless and until she is fired from the company permanently, I am not giving them another single dime.’
Hours later, Lynne was dismissed.
A statement from Limited Run Games said: ‘LRG respects all personal opinions, however, we remain committed to supporting an inclusive culture. Upon investigating a situation, an employee was terminated.
‘Our goal as a company is to continue to foster a positive and safe environment for everyone.’
Trans activist Jessica Blank, who uses the pseudonym Purple Tinker, complained about Lynne and accused her of following a ‘who’s who of right-wing transphobic creeps’
Lynne thinks comments she made expressing excitement about an upcoming Harry Potter-themed video game prompted the complaints. Some trans activists have said they will boycott Hogwarts Legacy because of JK Rowling’s views on gender
Blank, who uses the pseudonym Purple Tinker, posted screenshots that showed Lynne follows a number of conservative Twitter accounts. Blank said the accounts are transphobic and that she’d boycott Limited Run Games ‘unless and until [Lynne] is fired’
Limited Run Games released a statement hours later saying Lynne had been fired
The statement triggered an angry backlash from customers who said they would no longer shop with the company.
Cheung responded: ‘What the hell, guys?’
Lynne said she believes the incident is linked to a tweet she made on December 28 which said she was ‘looking forward’ to the release of Hogwarts Legacy, a video game based on the Harry Potter world.
Some trans activists say buying or playing the game is ‘harmful’ because of JK Rowling’s comments about gender, including her mocking of the use of the term ‘people who menstruate’ instead of ‘women’.
Lynne thinks her support for the game caused Blank to look at her Twitter account in more detail and then complain about what she found.
She told the National Review: ‘There is a huge, huge discourse going on in the gaming sphere in which a lot of people are saying, “If you support this game in any way, you’re also supporting J.K. Rowling.”
‘I have this feeling that this is kind of where it stemmed from.’
Lynne believes her support for an upcoming Harry Potter-themed video game triggered the row. Some activists have accused JK Rowling of transphobia because of her comments
Rowling’s previous comments have been criticized by actors in the Harry Potter film franchise
Lynne released a statement on Sunday which said she was fired in a call on January 6, the same day Blank tweeted her complaints.
Lynne said: ‘In that call, I will say that there were a lot of emotions. 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.
‘From what I was told there were no other options presented. But they are providing me with a decent severance and letting me keep my health insurance for a couple more months.
‘I had never been written up or reprimanded. I had never abused my power or personal opinions on the various social channels. I even refrained from commenting or interacting with any political content or controversial topics on my personal social media accounts.
‘This one isolated incident was apparently all it took. At least that is what I have been led to believe. If there was another reason, I was not informed.
‘They didn’t want the bad publicity and I can understand that. Unfortunately, I feel like that backfired on them.’
She added she has ‘no hatred toward anyone who was involved in the termination’, including her bosses.
Lynne said: ‘If we could take one thing from this situation it would be to bring to light 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.’
Blank has gained a modest online following through her Purple Tinker accounts after she founded BronyCon, a convention for adult and teen fans of My Little Pony. The event was last held in 2019.
She has had court controversy in the past over accusations of online bullying. She has previously said: ‘I contain within me a monstrous and indiscriminate anger, and when it comes out I become a nightmare.’