Update #2: Microsoft has issued a statement yesterday, regarding the alleged transphobic remarks made at their Xbox One presentation last Sunday. The company told Kotaku:
We are aware of an incident yesterday on the Xbox booth at the Eurogamer Expo, at which an inappropriate comment was made, and we apologize for any offense caused.
Update #1: Mr. Fraser Millward, the comedian who reportedly made these comments, has admitted that he did not immediately recognize Dale’s gender, though he denies that any sort of slander took place.
I should have said ‘this person’ and then gone on to the next person and also referred to them as ‘this person’ so as not to cause offense, but I was thinking on my feet. I wouldn’t do the same thing again.
He also stated that some of Dale’s accusations were false and that the staff had apologized to her. More on this story as details continue to surface.
It’s sad to hear that during the Eurogamer Expo, a time that should be fun and exciting for everyone in attendance, that there would be reports of anti-LGBT bullying. A transgendered journalist by the name of Laura Dale, took to Twitter earlier this afternoon to discuss a humiliating encounter she had with a comedian that was representing Microsoft at an Xbox One event. Her string of tweets read the following:
Most embarrassing moment at Eurogamer. Pulled up on stage for XB1 thing and called male twice and ‘it’ twice. I was ‘he’, ‘it’. ‘Thing’ and ‘this one’. I was on stage and they still insist ‘we need a woman on stage, any women here’.
Unsurprisingly, this crude display was enough to ruin her Eurogamer experience. She went on to state that she felt completely dehumanized in front of the audience. Not much is known about the presenter, except that he does not officially work for Microsoft. He is apparently a comedian that may have been hired for this event only. Dale also stated that staff would not give her the man’s full name. Other reports have stated his possible identity, though it’s too early to be sure if the name floating around on the internet is actually that of the “comedian”.
Apparently, Eurogamer is already looking into things.
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