An incendiary GamerGate reference inserted into the 7th episode of Funimation’s Prison School dub has prompted outrage online and a response from the company, though most have greeted it as little more than a cop-out and far from a sincere apology.
Criticism has stemmed both from the line’s irrelevance and deviation from the source material, and its obvious and rather ham-fisted attempt to shove the hugely persuasive “gamers are evil misogynists and the gaming media a paragon of integrity” narrative so beloved of feminists, knights of social justice and gaming industry media shills down the throats of disinterested viewers.
The line was concocted by Funimation write Tyson Rinehart, who has seemingly dug himself a deeper hole by taking a rather sarcastic stand in regards to the incident on his Twitter:
If you think rape threats against women in gaming are acceptable, I’m glad my script pissed you off. #PrisonSchool #itwasjustonelineyounerds
The “offensive” line:
Whatever the politics of the matter, neither the reputation of dubs in general or their respect for source material seems likely to be improved by the incident.