Kinda Funny co-founder Colin Moriarty Quits After Sexist Tweet
Kinda Funny co-founder Colin Moriarty announced that he quit his position “effective immediately” after making an offensive tweet in regards to International Women’s Day last week.
Moriarty announced via Facebook that he is moving on from Kinda Funny, a network of online gaming shows hosted by Moriarty, Tim Gettys, Greg Miller and Nick Scarpino. The group formed back in 2015 when he and Miller left IGN to do their own thing.
“It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce my resignation from Kinda Funny, effective immediately,” Moriarty wrote. “Opportunities are already popping up for me, bringing me in a new, different, and exciting direction,” added Moriarty. “Obviously, you haven’t seen or heard the last of me. Far from it.”
A former IGN writer, Moriarty is known for his right-wing views. He has been appearing on some right-wing conservative programs lately such as Glenn Beck’s radio show well as the Rubin Report where he would discuss like-minded politics with them.
The offending tweet that got Moriarty in trouble happened on International Women’s Day when many were exercising their #ADayWithoutAWoman protest. The tweet, which you can see below, was widely regarded as sexist. Moriarty himself later defended his tweet as “a blatantly obvious joke.”
Ah. Peace and quiet.#ADayWithoutAWoman
— Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) March 8, 2017
The tweet was widely regarded as sexist, and even drew criticism from his current and former colleagues from Kinda Funny and IGN.
@notaxation Is this really the person you want to be?
— Justin Davis (@ErrorJustin) March 8, 2017
— Tim Gettys (@TimGettys) March 8, 2017
@notaxation The irony of this tweet is that not only do you work with no women, you work with some of the loudest men on earth.
— Brian Altano (@agentbizzle) March 8, 2017
Greg Miller issued an apology soon after, stating that he personally believed Moriarty’s tweet to be “in poor taste.” Moriarty did not attend PAX East with the rest of the Kinda Funny team over the weekend.
During a livestream on Twitch earlier today, Miller addressed Moriarty’s departure:
We’re super sad. We had a long conversation today. The long and short of it is, we’ve been moving in two directions for a long time. There’s no hurt feelings; we’re not mad at him, he’s not mad at us. We’re just going in two completely opposite directions in terms of what we want to do and that’s OK…
Colin leaving today is sad of course. It’s not the end of the world. We still love him. We’re still going to support him.
Miller went on to assure Moriarty leaving Kinda Funny was not entirely related to last week’s tactless tweet, saying that he was growing apart from the group and seeking other endeavors. But the incentive comment certainly didn’t help things.