The CEO of a video game developer who tweeted his support for the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the controversial Texas heartbeat bill to go ahead stepped down from his position two days after sharing his views.
The bill, which went into effect last week, bans most abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
John Gibson, the CEO of Tripwire Interactive, tweeted out over the weekend that he approved of a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the bill to go into effect despite legal challenges.
“Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat,” Gibson wrote. “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.”
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
By Monday, his firm had issued a statement revealing that Gibson had “stepped down” as CEO over the tweet, as The Daily Wire reported.
“The comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion, and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company,” the statement read. “His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners and much of our broader community. Our leadership team at Tripwire are deeply sorry and are unified in our commitment to take swift action and to foster a more positive environment.”
One wonders what sort of unity can seemingly only exist when pro-life views are excluded.
“Effective immediately, John Gibson has stepped down as CEO of Tripwire Interactive,” the statement continued.
Gibson’s post will be assumed by current Vice President Alan Wilson for the time being, who the company says plans to “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.”
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