David Cage can't be homophobic because Ellen Page



As a gay, there is nothing more infuriating than when critics and the press praise a straight actor for playing a gay character. Unless he is being teabagged and fisted on camera, that shit ain't brave. That's just a guy doing his job. By the way, maybe if Armie Hammer was getting fisted and teabagged on camera, people would have gone to see Call Me By Your Name.

But second to that is the argument that you can't be homophobic because at one point in your life a gay was in close proximity to you. That's the position Quantic Dream founder David Cage is taking following a trio of articles accusing the studio of being of a toxic workplace. As reported in Le Monde, Mediapart, and Canard PC -- side note, don't click that last link unless you have a container of eye bleach nearby -- Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière, Quantic Dream's co-CEO and CFO, are facing a variety of accusations including overworking staff, overlooking racist and sexist jokes including 600 crude Photoshops, and inappropriate behavior.

Le Monde -- the only paper without a paywall -- interviewed 15 former employees about their experience with the company. While Cage's work ethic is almost universally praised, his management style is not. In February of last year, an IT manager for the company was sent a cache of 600 Photoshops featuring employee faces pasted onto sometimes sexist or homophobic imagery, the earliest of which dates back to 2013. Also, there's some Nazi stuff thrown in there because of course there is.

Cage and de Fondaumière told Le Monde they only saw the images considered funny even though they were cc'd on emails containing a link to the folder with all of the questionable material. Le Monde spoke with Cage at Quantic Dream where he argued the company is not a "rugby locker room," which sounds like a play on that "locker room talk" nonsense we had to deal with in 2016. The best part of this entire piece comes directly after that when William Audureau, the article's author, notes that just behind Cage is a picture of a dick with balls dropping a fart.

Perhaps most damning is two employees recounted an incident where Cage was viewing security camera footage of a burglary and he turned to an employee of Tunisian descent and inquired if he was related to them.

In response to the allegations of homophobia and racism, Cage decided to go with the worst reply possible: I know a gay/black.

"You want to talk about homophobia?" Cage told Le Monde. "I work with Ellen Page, who fights for LGBT rights. You want to talk about racism? I work with Jesse Williams, who fights for civil rights in the USA... Judge me by my work."

First of all, we all know the minimum requirement of black friends needed to not seem racist is two. Second, just because you're not tying gays to fence posts and beating us to death doesn't mean you ain't homophobic. Who you are in private is a much stronger indicator of your personality than how you present yourself in public. So if you allow or at the very least intentionally ignore homophobic comments made by your staff and coworkers it probably means you're a little bit homophobic. Even if it is, like, a really good gay joke.

While Cage is the most noteworthy person in the article because who doesn't have an opinion on David Cage, de Fondaumière doesn't get off easy. Former employees accuse him of making inappropriate remarks and degrading employees at office parties. Others interviewed by Le Monde also note 80-hour work weeks, 15-hour work days, and working seven days a week.

Cage and de Fondaumière have denied the allegations and today the company issued this statement on Twitter:

Look, if you were to have told me yesterday Quantic Dream might not be a utopia of a work environment, I would have completely believed you. Hell, I was only mildly shocked that we have to all hate Aziz Ansari now for creeping on a woman because that's just life in 2018. So the idea a studio that once needlessly created a completely naked character model of Ellen Page without her consent and put it into the game might be run by someone who isn't the nicest guy in the world is no longer a foreign one. In fact, it's an expected one. Honestly, going forward, I'll be shocked to learn a studio isn't a cesspool of mild to outright bigotry because as I've learned from Hollywood, politics and oh good God Silicon Valley, that's the world we live in now.

Well, that's the world us white men live in now. Everyone else has been there for years.

David Cage and Quantic Dream "shocked" by allegations of unhealthy studio culture [Eurogamer]

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