So, there's a ridiculous assumption going around that Evil Hat, as the sole actor in the situation (false), demanded that a product be removed from DriveThruRPG, and that the product was removed as a direct result.

I don't see that as the case. But that hasn't stopped a few folks from hunting me down online and sharing their ire, threatening boycotts, and misusing the word "censorship" (and in some cases "bullying" and "bigotry"; somebody get a dictionary up in this joint). 

Here's one of the responses I've written in the past 24 hours (in which, also, a member of my family died, so much of this seems so very silly and irrelevant by contrast). It doesn't cover the whole thing, but it covers some.


I took no actions to control what can or can't be sold on DTRPG. An employee of Evil Hat merely expressed a concern about a recently added product, and basically made the "mistake" of saying as much in public.

I was at a doctor appointment at the time all this happened.

I've read his statement and there was no request, merely a statement that he'd talk to other folks at Evil Hat about whether or not we could be comfortable having our brand displayed on the same site as the game's. We started to have the conversation, but it became moot when DTRPG pulled the product. (An action I happen to believe is appropriate, tho that's something of a side issue.)

So, DTRPG pulled the product, but we have no evidence, no statements or anything of the sort, that an Evil Hat employee expressing a concern was the deciding factor. We do know that he wasn't the only person lodging a complaint with DTRPG; he's just the one who folks have found and made a big deal of + a staggering amount of inference that correlation constitutes causation. 

There is no censorship here, either. DTRPG made their choice, as a vendor of products. Vendors are always free to do this. A bookstore can choose not to carry books written by the KKK on the same basis. In both cases it isn't censorship. It's the free market.

Folks think we made this happen, that there's some sort of big conspiracy of action occurring here. Instead it's the most mundane thing possible. A few customers of DTRPG complained to DTRPG about a product that went up, that their automation then tweeted promotion of, and DTRPG decided (apparently — again, no communications from them) to remove the offending product.*

That's it.

* The irony/hypocrisy that this is what some of the alleged boycotters are looking to achieve with Evil Hat's products is thoroughly lost on them, it seems.
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