Colin Moriarty (pictured, far right) and the rest of the Kinda Funny team.
Colin Moriarty has resigned from Kinda Funny Games after receiving criticism for a sexist joke he tweeted, saying that his co-workers had “separate visions for the future and for the direction of the company.”
Moriarty was widely criticised for tweeting “Ah. Peace and quiet” under the hashtag #ADayWithoutaWoman, which had been trending as a result of International Women’s Day.
Ah. Peace and quiet.#ADayWithoutAWoman
— Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) March 8, 2017
After many of his peers condemned the tweet, his Kinda Funny co-host Greg Miller posted an apology, announcing that Moriarty would be pulled from the company’s PAX East appearance:
— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) March 9, 2017
In a Facebook post Moriarty announced that he would be leaving Kinda Funny “effective immediately,” in order to “reconnect with what’s most important to [him].”
“It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce my resignation from Kinda Funny, effective immediately.
This morning, the guys and I had a constructive conversation, and feel that, with our separate visions for the future and for the direction of the company, it’s time to go our separate ways. I want to be clear that this was my decision. Just as we collaborated as friends, so too do we part. I hope you continue to support them. I simply want to reconnect with what’s most important to me. Politics, history, philosophy. Reading books. Talking about things I feel are most impactful and essential for a person like me.
I want to thank everyone for their support of me — and us — over these years. When I started writing about games professionally in 2002 as a freshman in college, never, ever, did I think I’d reach the heights I did. I owe a great deal to an audience that generously sustained me, supported me, and followed me, and I also owe a lot to those who gave me opportunities to begin with. I will always remember and be grateful for this entire experience.
Opportunities are already popping up for me, bringing me in a new, different, and exciting direction, a direction that I feel makes perfect sense for me. Obviously, you haven’t seen or heard the last of me. Far from it. I hope that when I return with what’s next, you will support me there, just as you’ve supported me over these many years.
Your Friend, -Colin”
Kinda Funny was launched by Moriarty, Miller and video producers Nick Scarpino and Tim Gettys, who left their jobs at IGN to start the Patreon-funded business. They make over $30,000 per month from the crowdfunding site, and have garnered over 200,000 subscribers to their main YouTube channel.