Gaming Free Speech: Company Fires Manager For Criticizing Transgender Policies on Social Media

We have previously discussed free speech concerns over companies firing workers over their political viewpoints expressed on social media or other forums. A most recent controversy arose after the decision of  Limited Run Games to fire community manager Kara Lynne, also known as Kara Gooch, because a trans-rights activist found that she has made critical comments about pro-trans policies. Limited Run Games declared that an employee harboring such views was a threat to a “positive and safe environment.” This entire controversy began over the fact that Lynne likes Harry Potter.

Lynne’s demise began when she made a seemingly innocent comment about being excited to play the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy. Millions feel the same way, but activists now consider anything connected with the Harry Potter series to be intolerable after author JK Rowling criticized trans-rights measures.

One of those apparently appalled by anyone expressing interest in Harry Potter was Twitter user Purple Tinker, who lacks the courage to post under his or her own name while seeking to destroy the career of another person.

Purple Tinker decided to investigate Lynne and later denounced her as a “transphobe” due to her conservative views and criticism of trans-rights policies. PT noted that Lynne follows conservative sites and figures on Twitter such as Ben Shapiro and Libs of TikTok. PT also created a dossier on Lynne of past tweets like one in which she says “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.”

That apparently is all it took for Limited Run Games, which immediately fired an employee for holding conservative viewpoints. The same day that PT ran its dossier on Lynne, Limited Run tweeted that it had “investigat[ed] a situation” and that an employee had been “terminated”. This decision, Limited Run said, was made in order to “[support] an inclusive culture” and “foster a positive and safe environment for everyone”.

We have discussed numerous cases of employees and artists being fired for exercising free speech outside of the workplace. It raises a concern over a “Little Brother” problem of punishing speech.  Notably, Lynne did not make any association with the company. It was PT who made that association to seek to punish this Harry Potter fan. PT has since vanished as is often the case in these anonymous drive-by cancel campaigns.

There is a growing intolerance for opposing views on the left that is being weaponized through private companies. The message is clear that expressing such views now endangers your very livelihood. Limited Run Games could have simply said that it does not require employees to confirm their political views to those of the company. Instead, it immediately yield to the flash Internet mob.

Roughly half of this country has supported conservatives and many hold these views. Indeed, many of the customers of Limited Run Games may hold these views. Yet, Limited Run Games has made it clear that, if employees hold such views, they can never speak them publicly. Imagine the uproar if companies began to fire employees for supporting trans bathroom policies or following liberal figures or sites on Twitter. That is not a problem because many on the left simply label any opposing views as hateful and unworthy of expression.

I have little knowledge of Lynne’s views but there is no indication that she sought to associate the company with those views. That required an anonymous intermeddler who knew that the company would cave rather than defend the right of all employees to hold and voice opposing viewpoints.


95 thoughts on “Gaming Free Speech: Company Fires Manager For Criticizing Transgender Policies on Social Media”

  1. Nothing celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion better than banishing someone who disagrees with you!


      A walking, talking, oxymoronic, contraction in terms.

      Diversity is bias and favoritism.

      Inclusion is deliberate bias and favoritism.

      Equity is the absence of bias and favoritism.

      The freedom of assembly includes its inverse, disassembly, separation or banishment.

      Americans “…are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

      Shut up and pursue your happiness with the full knowledge that you may fail or otherwise be rejected by people enjoying their right and freedom to reject.

      That caterwauling dependents and parasites covet the status and property of successful people does not bear.

      Thou Shalt Not Covet

      Thou Shalt Not Steal

    1. Largely the people who want to see America crash and burn. Cultural marxists at home, and our enemies abroad – such as the Chinese, the Russians, the Iranians, and George Soros.

  2. This what happens when you let people with gender dysphoria become your moral arbiters. The problem with the left is that they want to take every agitated “ism” and actually put them in charge of the country. Not surprisingly, tolerance toward minorities is often not the result. The real result becomes intolerance toward normies and a growing divisiveness. The ulterior motives of groomers and grifters who exploit these movements amplifies the division to the point of absurdity.

  3. Of note, J. K. Rowling recently has said that all this attacking of her by the trans supporters has led her book sales to improve and has just made her richer. Also she has set up a Women’s shelter in Scotland that is totally private and privately financed and which only accepts real women, no trans allowed. With a great deal of fanfare. The lady has shown more fight than most in this insane game of “what can we turn into next”.

    1. . . . this insane game of “what can we turn into next”?

      The game feels good to the players, they get to be able to be whatever they wanna be – such as a cat, a mouse, or even a toaster? It won’t end well, for them or us. It’s like someone who jumps off a high cliff without realizing the consequences. For a little while there is freedom and exhilaration, but in a short while there’s a crash.

  4. Not an attorney, so I don’t understand the ins and outs of all this, but I see the professor’s point. As a practical matter, businesses need to be tolerant of different viewpoints.

    On the other hand, since this particular company may not have protections from anti-trust or section 209, they could argue that as a private company, they have a right of association that prevails over an employee’s public statements. Sounds like a good argument even if it might be illegal, intolerant, and impractical.

    Ultimately, the left is so full of public vitriol, reverse racism, and hatred, I would suggest that conservatives do to them what they are doing to us. Expose them and force them to defend their statements on pain of unemployment. I’m sure there are suits at Limited Run Games who’ve made public statements that were nasty and indiscreet. HR departments are full of these road warriors. Find them.

    If you need a model for this strategy, it’s called Libs of TikTok. Works like a charm. How about Libs of Tech? That’s a target-rich environment.

  5. It should not be unreasonable for one to hypothesize that there may be some who game transgenderism for purposes particular to their own peculiarities. That one might actually be serving the causes of transgenders rather than opposing them is lost on those too self-righteous to appreciate that transgenders too might not want to share privacy with persons who lack morals. What then becomes of a policy that supposedly supports inclusiveness and positive and safe environments for everyone? One thing certain is that yet another company is on record for having violated its own policy that purportedly serves to protect everyone.

  6. The irony of this cultural narcissism is that, while they’re making the world “safe” for the .0001%, they’re doing nothing to make the world “inclusive, positive or safe” for the vast majority of humanity. What’s the tipping point going to be?

    1. GioCon– Agree. “Your rights end where my nose begins” is an old legal maxim that no longer has relevance in these times of cultural narcissism. For example, to satisfy the peculiarities of the trans community, which, as you note is less than a tiny fraction of a percentage of our population, our leaders and many businesses have willingly sacrificed the privileges that women and girls used to enjoy in this country. If a boy who thinks he is a girl wants to compete against girls in female sports, we must let him even if it means unfair competition for real girls. And, as one idiotic school said, if girls do not like undressing in front of a boy who thinks he is a girl, then they must crowd into a single stall bathroom so he can have unfettered use of the girls’ locker room to which the school thinks he is entitled. I thought the tipping point would have been reached long ago but I am concerned that because so many sympathizers now are in positions of authority, coupled with the effects of years of propaganda and virtue signaling, many of our fellow citizens may have lost their way.

      1. In Virginia we had a trans student (boy who said he felt like a girl) let into girls’ bathrooms at school. He raped one girl there, and then when he was transferred to a new school, he did the same thing at the second school. In New Jersey, the correctional authorities bowed down to gender ideology and let a man who said he was a woman be housed in a woman’s prison. He got an inmate pregnant while there. These are not isolated incidents. Some moms of young kids now will not shop at certain stores (e.g., Target) because men who say they are women are welcomed to use the ladies’ room. Our authorities have lost their way indeed.

        1. Your Viriginia story is not true. The boy was not trans, did not claim to be a girl, and was NOT “let in” to the girls’ bathroom. The girl he raped was not some random victim, it was his girlfriend. They used to regularly meet in the girl’s bathroom to have sex; obviously without the school’s permission. On one occasion she was not in the mood, and he did not take “no” for an answer. None of this had anything to do with trans policy. The school did not have a “trans-friendly” bathroom policy at the time (it does now, but that happened after this story). The girl reported the rape to the school, which immediately reported it to the police officer on site.

          The real scandal was that the girl called her father, and when he showed up the school wouldn’t tell him anything and called the police to remove him, and later the school board chairman flatly denied that any rape had taken place in a school bathroom, and when the father naturally objected in rather forceful terms the police arrested him. That was completely wrong, but again has nothing to do with the topic here.

          1. (Actually, I believe the Loudon County grand jury’s findings and several reports indicated that the boy wore a skirt to enter the girl’s restroom, in a school with a very liberal transgender policy, which started the whole media frenzy and reports of parents deemed “domestic terrorists” and “transphobic.” Please correct me if I am wrong.
            “The boy’s mother told the Daily Mail that despite his androgynous style and declaration that he’s “pansexual,” her son was just “trying to find himself” — and that “involved all kinds of styles.”

            1. Lin, there is a problem with developing stories that involve spin. Milhouse probably read an earlier story, but he didn’t posts the date. That story seems to have had spin.

              “board chairman flatly denied that any rape had taken place in a school bathroom” (Milhouse)

              How could the board chairman know for sure” I am not sure of the details as of today. I think one report said the girl said no. That makes the act rape. I don’t know if that was in the post article or elsewhere.

  7. It all starts in the spiritually and philosophically rotted-out institutions of higher learning. The faculties are insane enough, but – as I noted on the McGill story – skyrocketing tuition goes to hiring ever more layers of weak-kneed administrators who take no useful actions. They are too shallow and craven to stand up to spoiled-brat bully heckler students who are little-baby-fascists-in-the-making. Then, having been treated with kid gloves every time they throw a hissy fit, the little baby brats turn into grown-up monsters, go into government, private corporations, and non-profit organizations, and foist abject poisons like ESG and CRT on the rest of us trying to make an honest living. (I should have added DIE to the alphabet soup of toxins they’re foisting on us, and you can probably think of a few more.)

    It’s likely the coward going by the moniker Purple Tinker is either on the faculty of a liberal arts college somewhere, or graduated from one, possibly with a degree in gender studies.

  8. For those of us who wish to be able to engage in persuasive and compelling yet friendly debate with friends and family who oppose our conservative views, can you provide any framework which we can use in our discussions.

    1. M: While I sympathize with what you say, I do believe that ship has sailed. I bend over backwards to avoid political discussions in my family. It seems to be working, as we all meet often and have a good time, and no one brings up politics. But something definitely is missing when you have to hide part of your life from your own family.

    2. The Constitution and Bill of Rights of the United States of America

      …and their “manifest tenor.”

      The entire communistic American welfare state is unconstitutional including, but not limited to, matriculation affirmative action, grade-inflation affirmative action, employment affirmative action, quotas, welfare, food stamps, minimum wage, rent control, social services, forced busing, public housing, utility subsidies, WIC, SNAP, TANF, HAMP, HARP, TARP, HHS, HUD, EPA, Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Labor, Energy, Obamacare, Social Security, Social Security Disability, Social Security Supplemental Income, Medicare, Medicaid, “Fair Housing” laws, “Non-Discrimination” laws, etc.

      Article 1, Section 8, provides Congress the power to tax ONLY for “…general Welfare…,” omitting and, thereby, excluding any power to tax for individual welfare, specific welfare, particular welfare, favor or charity. General means all, the whole or everybody uses it, and general Welfare consists only of infrastructure such as roads, water, electricity, telephones, the internet, post office, railroads, sewer, rubbish collection and commodities and services which cannot be provided by free markets. The same article enumerates and provides Congress the power to regulate ONLY money, the “flow” of commerce, and land and naval Forces. Additionally, the 5th Amendment right to private property is not qualified by the Constitution and is, therefore, absolute, allowing Congress no power to claim or exercise dominion over private property, the sole exception being the power to “take” private property for public use. If the right to private property is not absolute, there is no private property, and all property is public.

      Government exists, under the Constitution and Bill of Rights, to provide maximal freedom to individuals while government is severely limited and restricted to merely facilitating that maximal freedom of individuals through the provision of security and infrastructure only.

      The principles of communism are liberal, illicit and unconstitutional, they being Central Planning, Control of the Means of Production (i.e. regulation), Redistribution of Wealth and Social Engineering.

      Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto 59 years after the adoption of the Constitution because none of the principles of the Communist Manifesto were in the Constitution. Had the principles of the Communist Manifesto been in the Constitution, Karl Marx would have had no reason to write the Communist Manifesto. The principles of the Communist Manifesto were not in the Constitution then and the principles of the Communist Manifesto are not in the Constitution now.

      America and its Constitution ARE conservative.

      “…courts…must…declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void.”

      “…men…do…what their powers do not authorize, [and] what they forbid.”

      “[A] limited Constitution … can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void. Without this, all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing … To deny this would be to affirm … that men acting by virtue of powers may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”

      – Alexander Hamilton

    3. @M

      Read JCH’s comment below. There is no way to debate around such delusion. if he isn’t just a flaming comment bomber (which he very well might be), he actually believes with religious fervor, as do many others (largely young, white, privileged), what he posted. I have in the past tried to debate people about the existence of aliens and lava people. It’s pointless, and this is exactly the same. They have so misapplied their minds, and are so insular and fragile, it being false is more terrifying than it being true. In fact, the simple fact that they might be *wrong* feels like death to them, such has been their cultivated narcissism. And then the shouting, screaming temper tantrums begin,

      It’s noble of you, so good luck, you are going to need it.

      1. “the people are nothing but a great beast…

        I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value.”

        – Alexander Hamilton

        America was established as a restricted-vote republic.

        Never was America to be a one man, one vote democracy.

        Turnout was 11.6% for the election of George Washington in 1789.

  9. I fear our country, the USA, is taking a likely permanent (I hope not) turn toward the woke culture, where free speech no longer exists, where businesses feel free and immune from lawsuit, to fire anyone who holds what we traditionally call American values. We Americans did not ask to be replaced by the wokish — the great ‘replacement theory’ that’s floating out there — the fear that people of color are going to ‘replace’ the white folks, should perhaps be more focused on a different replacement theory — the one where the ‘woke’ intolerance and political attitudes will replace the 10’s of millions of traditional ‘Americans’. And the rest of the world is watching: China in particular, but also Russia, and Iran…and others who have counted on the USA to be the beacon of what we’ve called Freedom, including freedom of speech: freedom of thought — we do NOT need nor want the ‘brain police’ which will surely come if we succumb to this woke b.s.

    And I haven’t seen much of a concerted effort to counter it — stories like this need to be responded to — this woman who was fired — a very expensive lawsuit settlement should results, and this anonymous accuser needs to be found — this is Nazi Germany where neighbors were encouraged to turn in their neighbor

  10. Never had an interest before in buying Rowland’s book.  But now that her books are being burned with hate and a clear attack on free speech, I MUST, and will, buy everyone she wrote.  As well as extras to give as gifts to people we care about. 

  11. “Limited Run Games declared that an employee harboring such views was a threat to a ‘positive and safe environment’  So if you’re not a trans, you’re a threat to others who are not?  Seem clear the “others” are the ones being threatened.  Never had an interest before in buying Rowland’s book.  But now that her books are being burned with hate and a clear attack on free speech, I MUST, and will, buy everyone she wrote.  As well as extras to give as gifts to people we care about. 


  13. This is EXACTLY the reason I use a fake name on social media and NEVER reveal any clues that could give away my employer. I’d be fired in an instant, as my employer is super woke.

  14. transgender is ANTI-Science. Test the DNA….you will find the TRUE gender…not someone’s imagination!
    They should be able to SUE! YOU CAN’T CHANGE GENDER….that is a scientific FACT!

    1. First off. Typing in all caps is not cool and makes you look like your used to writing in crayon.
      Second… and this is gonna blow your mind.. you started life as female.
      It is scientific fact. Confirmed by geneticist. All mammalian life from the smallest mouse to humans begin life in the womb as female. In humans, the metamorphosis from female to male begins around the 2nd month as the brain begins to develop and androgyn/testosterone hormones start to override estrogen provided by the mother. Think of this as an invite form of hormone therapy. While rare, there are cases (most likely due to outside naturally occurring influence, such as pollutants in the air,food,drink, or even excess solar radiation) in which the transformation is incomplete. The organs do not fully form.
      (Guys, your scrotum is formed from the same flesh as a womans labia. Your penis started off as a clitoris.)
      Or the brain does not fully remap itself to the intended gender. In short. Being born gay, trans, or even hermaphrodite is no less natural than being born left handed, or having a taste preference of salty over sweet. It’s just Life.

      1. With the number of grammatical errors in your comment, you probably shouldn’t criticize someone’s use of caps for emphsis.

        1. that’s because his brain came from the same tissue as his rectum.

          Regardless of whether or not genes on the Y chromosome, other than SRY, are important in determining cellular function, the SRY genes certainly are. In the 45-day-old 46XY human fetus, these genes cause the gonadal ridge to develop into the testes. The fetal testes secrete Mullerian inhibiting hormone, which causes the regression of primordial Mullerian ducts; thus the fallopian tubes and uterus do not develop. The fetal testes also secrete testosterone, causing the differentiation of the primordial Wolffian duct system into the epididymis and vas deferens.

          Shah K, McCormack CE, Bradbury NA. Do you know the sex of your cells? Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2014 Jan 1;306(1):C3-18. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00281.2013.

      2. In humans, the metamorphosis from female to male begins around the 2nd month

        How does that happen? Does one of the X chromosomes convert to Y, or does the Y ‘muscle’ out the X?

      3. Sorry, JCH. Gender is set when the sperm burrows into the ovum. At that point and from then on, every cell is of the same gender. Even the various trisomy situations are set from conception.

      4. JCH: You have your “science” a bit off. There is no “metamorphosis” from female to male. One either inherits the Y chromosome, which eventually overrides one of the X chromosomes, or one doesn’t. There is no transformation from X to Y; to put it another way, X does not become Y. They are two separate items from the beginning. From an actual scientific journal: “males inherit a Y chromosome from the father for a XY genotype (mothers only pass on X chromosomes). The presence or absence of the Y chromosome is critical because it contains the genes necessary to override the biological default – female development – and cause the development of the male reproductive system.” The biology is clear — it’s the ideology that gets it wrong.

      5. @JCH

        Uh, no, that is not how it works. At all. Clearly you did your graduate program at the university of YouTube and Tik Tok. You are so laughably and demonstrably incorrect . . . sigh. Just sigh.

        SMH. The woke make new agers in the 90s who believed in lava people at the center of the earth look sane. I predict a mass die-off for humanity when the last of us that actually understand reality are finally gone. It’ll be stupidity, not climate change.

        1. It is really stupid and ignorant to think you know everything about a person based off a single post. I’m well into my 70’s. Only recently within the past year discovered tik tok. I do watch a lot of YouTube. Mostly hunting and fishing videos while I enjoy my retirement living between midland TX. And here at my condo in Key west, Fl. The rest of my time is spent reading everything I can about everything I can.

          1. The problem, JCH, is that the left is playing with words to control the narrative. They say no one should be allowed to define what a woman is. Ketanji Brown Jackson implied as much when she refused under oath to define womanhood.

            Here’s my problem with that. Undefining a woman actually serves only the trans agenda. They’re not saying all cultural norms–or even mainstream norms–defining a woman are also acceptable. They’re really saying only the trans norms are acceptable, the same trans norms that deliberately scramble the concept of womanhood.

            You can see it in female athletics already. There are practical consequences to canceling all norms other than trans.

            This is where J.K. Rowling and others depart the trans railroad. You should depart it, too.

      6. ” you started life as female.”

        You also started off earlier as a fish. Despite that appearance you will not become a Codfish, but you will develop into a human being.

          1. Good one. I wish I had a good fish comeback.

            As my above referenced comment indicates, it isnt until day 45 (6th week) that the embryo adopts a male or female sex. Prior to this point, the embryo is said to have neither sex aka sexual indifference. The embryo has the potential to develop into either pathway of sexual differentiation, i.e. bipotential. Genetic expression explains how undifferentiated tissues (usually embryonic) can develop into any particular pathway depending on external cues or genetic programming. All of our 30 trillion nucleated cells have the same exact 46 homologous chromosomes. They all have the potential to develop into the zillions of proteins our body expressed. What determines their expression are transcription factors. These TFs (transcription factor SOX9 for embryonic sex differentiation SRY gene) direct genes to pursue programs as determined from evolution. TFs determine which phenotype (type of unique identifying traits) is pursued.

            TL;DR: The embryo has undifferentiated gonads until day 45. We most assuredly are not all females in the embryonic stage.

            Only a person with gender dysphoria would make such an idiotic comment. OTOH, he did say he lives in Key West so perhaps is a drag queen performer at one of the gay bars on Duval Street



            No sexual difference can be observed in the gonads until the 6th week of embryonic life in humans and 11.5 days post-coitum (dpc) in mice. Undifferentiated gonads of XX or XY individuals are apparently identical and can form either ovaries or testes. This period is therefore called indifferent or bipotential stage of gonadal development.

            The Gonadal Ridge

            The urogenital ridges are the common precursors of the urinary and genital systems and of the adrenal cortex (1). In the human, they develop during the 4th week post-fertilization at the ventral surface of the cranial mesonephroi, and are formed by intermediate mesoderm covered by coelomic epithelium. Each urogenital ridge divides into a urinary and an adreno-gonadal ridge in the 5th week (Table 1). The adreno-gonadal ridge is the common precursor of the gonads and adrenal cortex. The gonadal ridge is bipotential and can develop into an ovary or a testis. Gonads are subsequently colonized by the primordial germ cells, of extra-gonadal origin. The mesonephroi also give rise to components of the internal reproductive tract and of the urinary system.

            Rey R, Josso N, Racine C. Sexual Differentiation. [Updated 2020 May 27]. In: Feingold KR, Anawalt B, Boyce A, et al., editors. Endotext [Internet]. South Dartmouth (MA):, Inc.; 2000-. Available from:

            1. It’s good to have your medical expertise in this discussion. My expertise barely goes beyond making wisecracks 😉

        1. Your not telling me anything new here. As Matt Geatz infamously discovered a human fetus is nigh indistinguishable from that of a dolphin. Truth be told there is less than a 10% difference between the genome of a human and any other animal. Laid side by side at respective stages of development all embryos, even those of birds, reptiles and fish look practically identical.

          1. So? You also started as a fish. The sequence of DNA and the chromosome designation, male or female, do not change because of genomic imprinting. All sorts of hormonal and other chemical things can occur, sometimes creating a unique individual, but the end product doesn’t mean the genes have changed. One should not confuse such changes with mutations and other things.

            “you started life as female” was supposed to be a shocker but it demonstrated a juvenile way of looking at things.

      7. If a sperm with an X chromosome fertilises an egg, the resulting zygote will be female (XX). On the other hand, if the sperm which fertilises the egg has a Y chromosome, the zygote will be male (XY).

        1. This is all true. However at the earliest stages of development, meaning pre 2 months the body of any fetus is literally flooded with amino acids, proteins and estrogen from the mother. All designed to increase the speed of fetal development. It’s not until roughly the second month that the genetic imprinting of the Y chromosome begins to take hold as the newly developing brain begins to form and secrete its own androgyne and testosterone hormones thus slowly changing the fetus from female to male. During a period of as I stated previously a transition of invitro hormone therapy.

          1. Assuming your description is accurate it’s hard to see how the words “male” and “female” have any real meaning for the first two months. And it’s hard to see how any such meaning, if it exists, has any relevance to a person after they’re born.

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