Quantcast
Uh oh! Hip Hop Gamer is ECA's brand ambassador - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Uh oh! Hip Hop Gamer is ECA's brand ambassador


11:15 AM on 02.06.2013
Uh oh! Hip Hop Gamer is ECA's brand ambassador photo



Update: Heather Ellertson, vice president of marketing at the ECA, provided this response via email and Facebook:

Gerard approached us wanting to know what he could do to help the cause. He's in the process of turning his life around, becoming more professional and inspirational to his friends and followers. It's exceedingly rare that we have individuals approach the organization laying it all out there, offering to do whatever they can, and asking for nothing in return. While we weren't aware of any of his perceived transgressions online, we choose to embrace his support, his efforts and his selflessness. If we were all judged solely upon the negatives in our past we would all be damned. We would like to give him the opportunity to be a voice for gamers and a positive role model for gaming.

Several members of the ECA Facebook page, however, disagree with this choice of brand ambassador.

Original Post:

Gerard Williams (AKA Hip Hop Gamer) is officially the Entertainment Consumers Association's brand ambassador.

Who better to be the spokesperson for the ECA, "which is dedicated to giving all members of the gaming community a collective voice," then the man who graced the internet with Hot Girls in Gaming?

You know, the guy that told Penny Arcade Report's Ben Kuchera: "that's because someone told me to shut the f*ck up and I said make me b*tch I'll f*cking kick your ass pussy punk b*tch f*ggot"

Perhaps Williams is apologetic for the above actions and will approach his role as ambassador with the open-mindedness it calls for. Then again, there are many other possible candidates who don't have a history of producing sexist content or freely using the term "faggot" -- candidates that can equally represent all gamers.

"Williams's active engagement with fans and critics alike will provide a springboard for discussion, a catalyst for action that the ECA can help support," today's press release states.

Even by taking the role, Williams is bringing his past baggage with him, and thus isolating gaming minorities that may feel wary to approach him and the ECA. Hip Hop Gamer can be a fun and friendly guy, but should his past actions disqualify him for the job? What do you think?

[image by Shifted2U]






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.






ECA

5:00 PM on 05.01.2012
Destructoid interviews ECA President Hal Halpin

Defending games and gamers isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s the popular press whipped into frenzy by politicians looking for a scapegoat and sometimes it’s corporations looking to squeeze a few extra bucks to make...more



12:30 PM on 04.27.2012
Hal Halpin, CISPA, and YOU

Most of our readers will remember our SOPA/PIPA blackout in January. Destructoid was joined by little-known sites like Wikipedia to protest the twin bills SOPA and PIPA that were working their way through the US House and Sen...more



9:20 AM on 01.14.2012
Donating money to oppose SOPA on the industry's behalf

Over the holidays, I received a package from THQ, just one among many pieces of swag and nonsense that publishers ply bloggers with on a regular basis. However, unlike the usual bits of miscellanea, this was something a bit m...more



View all ECA






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more