How much Activision does it take to change a Blizzard?

I’ve been wondering when or if this kind of reckoning was going to happen with touring musicians in the #metoo era, but it seems a lot harder to address because:

  • Generally musicians don’t work for large companies with HR teams. They are either individuals or a band that is probably a corporate in and of itself, and they don’t give a shit about HR.
  • It’s not currently illegal to have consensual sex with a fan who is of age. And unfortunately it seems pretty rare or nonexistant that underage fans sue.
  • The music labels, which do have HR teams, generally don’t care what their artists do until they get into trouble. As long as the money’s flowing, they are unlikely to mandate rules about this sort of thing, above and beyond a very generic morality clause that I assume most labels include in their contracts.

Maybe things will change as time goes on though.

I kinda don’t think your Mick Jaggers of the world needed to wear down groupies with booze, but it’s not something I have personal experience of. It goes without saying that targeting the underage (which I’m sure has happened plenty, beyond cited examples) is beyond the pale.

Well fuck. Didn’t know about that. Deja Entendu is was one of my favorite albums of all time. What a fucking creep. Gah

Frankly the number of whiny boi 00s emo icons who don’t have credible sexual assault allegations against them might be smaller than the number who do :(

I had a coworker at a big biotech here in CA who had worked for bigger pharma in New Jersey. He told me about guys taking their rivals or bosses to lunch, having a drink or two with them, then calling in that they were drunk at work so they were fired that day.

Multiple coworkers who had worked at our company’s former NJ site attested that the (unbelievably obnoxious) woman who’d been department head there for years would routinely disappear with her second-in-command for a 3-hour lunch, come back to the office, and run a meeting while sloshed.

Davey Havok? Gerard Way? Geoff Rickly? Are they still OK?

Brand New though… it should have been obvious:

Barely conscious in the door where you stand
Your eyes are fighting sleep while your mouth makes your demands
You laugh at every word, trying hard to be cute
I almost feel sorry for what I’m gonna do

This vile piece of shit is cousins with Joe Rogan

(But they’ve never actually met, hah)

Im with @stusser on the room. Yes, innocent until proven guilty is a hill worth defending, even if you have to acknowledge some shitty things have happened on its slopes.

Wasn’t Activision the original 2600 game publisher/developer that allowed for distinct authors/creators of their respective games instead of anonymous teams leading to EA’s vision for artists?

When I worked at Sony they had no real rules against drinking, and there was a Brewery right next door that was the drinking party spot during and after work. Open bar at all parties was standard and after conventions “everyone” got drunk. Sometimes even during. Sony had a small cocktail bar in their E3 booth upstairs. So as you can predict, incidents did happen from time to time but it was stuff like someone not showing up to work or passing out on the hotel stairs. Stuff like that. I of course never had a problem but being drunk at work did happen, and the company paid for it.

So he’s noooooooooooooooooooooot oooooooooookaaaaaaaaaaaay?

Goddammit now I’m gonna be listening to Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge all day.

I also believe you can drink, with co-workers, and not be a piece of shit. Alcohol is a truth serum in my experience. It makes you more you. Assholes who suppress it let it all out when they’re drunk. Ever been drinking with nice people? They become more nice, and it’s a joyful activity.

If y’alls experience with drinking is everyone turns into a demon, you need better friends.

That’s one way to look at it, but another would be “Good people who struggle with inner demons but through discipline and effort, have tamed them and function as good members of society”? Of course, such people should probably have the wisdom to steer clear of alcohol. :)

In court, yes. In conversation, no.

Cool, will you be at the book-burning or the lynching?

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