Electronic Arts Does Not Plan To Publicly Defend Trans Or Abortion Rights

Employees at Electronic Arts are encouraging leaders in the company to take a stand on the leaked Supreme Court opinion on abortion as well as a swath of anti-transgender legislation, but the gaming giant has no intention of doing so. Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020, the company publicly supported Black Lives Matter, circulating a letter to staff that EA was “an inclusive company…inclusive of all those points of view.” But, perhaps inspired by Disney and other major companies receiving heat for taking political stances on American issues, EA has decided not to take pick a side in this case.

“The thing about the world today is there is a lot of division, we know this right, we see it every single day, but the thing that unites us is that we’re all here to make amazing games and experiences for our players, and that is how we have the most positive impact on the world,” said Mala Singh, Chief People Officer at Electronic Arts. “These things are hard and they’re personal and we all have our own perspectives and sometimes we won’t speak, and that will be upsetting and I understand that we really do.”

The company has encouraged employees troubled by these issues to make use of EA’s “healing circles.” These are group mental health sessions made available to the staff as part of the company’s healthcare benefits plan.

However, that appears to be the extent to which the company is willing to address staff concerns. Taking a political position on any issue is certainly a scary proposition for a major company that is not looking to upset any part of its fanbase. EA is very aware of how anything they say could receive major backlash, and it appears that they would rather stay out of the limelight altogether.

(All information was provided by PinkNews)

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