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David Cage can't be homophobic because Ellen Page

January 14, 2018 2 min read

As a gay, there is nothing more infuriating than when critics and the press praise a straight actor for playing a gay character. Unless he is being teabagged and fisted on camera, that shit ain't brave. That's just a guy doing his job. By the way, maybe if Armie Hammer was getting fisted and teabagged on camera, people would have gone to see Call Me By Your Name.

But second to that is the argument that you can't be homophobic because at one point in your life a gay was in close proximity to you. That's the position Quantic Dream founder David Cage is taking following a trio of articles accusing the studio of being of a toxic workplace. As reported in Le Monde, Mediapart, and Canard PC -- side note, don't click that last link unless you have a container of eye bleach nearby -- Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière, Quantic Dream's co-CEO and CFO, are facing a variety of accusations including overworking staff, overlooking racist and sexist jokes including 600 crude Photoshops, and inappropriate behavior.

Le Monde -- the only paper without a paywall -- interviewed 15 former employees about their experience with the company. While Cage's work ethic is almost universally praised, his management style is not. In February of last year, an IT manager for the company was sent a cache of 600 Photoshops featuring employee faces pasted onto sometimes sexist or homophobic imagery, the earliest of which dates back to 2013. Also, there's some Nazi stuff thrown in there because of course there is.

Cage and de Fondaumière told Le Monde they only saw the images considered funny even though they were cc'd on emails containing a link to the folder with all of the questionable material. Le Monde spoke with Cage at Quantic Dream where he argued the company is not a "rugby locker room," which sounds like a play on that "locker room talk" nonsense we had to deal with in 2016. The best part of this entire piece comes directly after that when William Audureau, the article's author, notes that just behind Cage is a picture of a dick with balls dropping a fart.

Perhaps most damning is two employees recounted an incident where Cage was viewing security camera footage of a burglary and he turned to an employee of Tunisian descent and inquired if he was related to them.

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