I just want to throw in my two cents on Dickwolf-gate. If you need to get up to speed, click here. If you want the NeoGAF thread, click here.
If you play with fire, and get burned, don't act suprised. That's my thought on this whole Penny Arcade controversy. Let me explain.
It's pretty apparent that Penny Arcade prides themselves on shock humor.* The whole point of the original comic was to be intentionally tasteless to make a point about just doing the bare minimum to complete an objective in a video game. That's okay, I admit to laughing a lot at humor like this. But when Liss complains about it, the response is where things start to go wrong.
Liss is a rape victim, so she has every right to be offended. Do the PA guys have a right to use shock humor? Yes. But to pile on with a response that's juvenile at best and offensive at worst? My mom would say that's not thinking with your head.
Amanda Marcotte's response, to me, is telling, and is about where I stand. I have no problems with the comic, I just think that the response is, for the lack of a better word, stupid.
It's like the Groupon Super Bowl ad that mocks Tibetans. Who approved this? Did anyone think ahead?
If you use shock humor, and someone objects, this is a textbook example on what NOT to do. Just apologize and move on, instead of piling it on.
And that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.**
*Yes, I linked to Wikipedia, bring on the [citation neede] jokes!
** Apologies to Dennis Miller.