Breaking news coming from across the pond at Eurogamer: Microsoft is under fire due to a humiliating bout of slander as the emcee hired for their Xbox One event lambasted a transgender gaming journalist onstage, referring to Laura Kate Dale as “thing,” “this one,” and even “it.”
Quoted from Dale’s Twitter account: “I was ‘he,’ ‘it.’ ‘Thing’ and ‘this one.’ I was on stage and they still insist ‘we need a woman on stage, any women here.”
She continues that Microsoft’s presenter (emcee) “completely dehumanised me in front of an audience. Ruined my Eurogamer.”
Microsoft generally has a positive record when it comes to LGBTQ issues including support of the transgender community, and according to Kotaku’s report, may have made attempts to apologize that she was upset, but would not renounce his actions nor bring the presenter, Fraser Millward, to talk to Dale personally.
Says Dale via Twitter: “This is why I regularly consider dropping out of this industry.”
Microsoft has not yet officially commented on the matter, nor has Mr. Millward. Eurogamer staff has said they are investigating and would refrain from commenting until more research has been done. GotGame will follow this story as it develops.