Colin Moriarty Leaves Kinda Funny Games Following Twitter Controversy
Colin Moriarty (pictured, far right) and the rest of the Kinda Funny team.
Colin Moriarty has resigned from Kinda Funny Games after receiving criticism for a sexist joke he tweeted, saying that his co-workers had “separate visions for the future and for the direction of the company.”
Moriarty was widely criticised for tweeting “Ah. Peace and quiet” under the hashtag #ADayWithoutaWoman, which had been trending as a result of International Women’s Day.
Ah. Peace and quiet.#ADayWithoutAWoman
— Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) March 8, 2017
After many of his peers condemned the tweet, his Kinda Funny co-host Greg Miller posted an apology, announcing that Moriarty would be pulled from the company’s PAX East appearance:
— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) March 9, 2017
In a Facebook post Moriarty announced that he would be leaving Kinda Funny “effective immediately,” in order to “reconnect with what’s most important to [him].”
“It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce my resignation from Kinda Funny, effective immediately.
This morning, the guys and I had a constructive conversation, and feel that, with our separate visions for the future and for the direction of the company, it’s time to go our separate ways. I want to be clear that this was my decision. Just as we collaborated as friends, so too do we part. I hope you continue to support them. I simply want to reconnect with what’s most important to me. Politics, history, philosophy. Reading books. Talking about things I feel are most impactful and essential for a person like me.
I want to thank everyone for their support of me — and us — over these years. When I started writing about games professionally in 2002 as a freshman in college, never, ever, did I think I’d reach the heights I did. I owe a great deal to an audience that generously sustained me, supported me, and followed me, and I also owe a lot to those who gave me opportunities to begin with. I will always remember and be grateful for this entire experience.
Opportunities are already popping up for me, bringing me in a new, different, and exciting direction, a direction that I feel makes perfect sense for me. Obviously, you haven’t seen or heard the last of me. Far from it. I hope that when I return with what’s next, you will support me there, just as you’ve supported me over these many years.
Your Friend, -Colin”
Kinda Funny was launched by Moriarty, Miller and video producers Nick Scarpino and Tim Gettys, who left their jobs at IGN to start the Patreon-funded business. They make over $30,000 per month from the crowdfunding site, and have garnered over 200,000 subscribers to their main YouTube channel.