Kara Lynn, the woman fired on January 6 from her job as community manager by the video game company Limited Run Games after Jessica Blank, after a far-left trans activist who goes by the handle Purple Tinker, called her a "transphobe," said in an interview with the National Review that she was targeted in part because of her excitement over the upcoming game Hogwarts Legacy, based on the Harry Potter book series by JK Rowling.
"I'm personally looking forward to it! The more I see gameplay, the more excited I get. It's hitting all the marks I've been wanting for a Harry Potter game," Lynn tweeted about the game on December 28. "There is a huge, huge discourse going on in the gaming sphere in which a lot of people are saying, 'If you support this game in any way, you’re also supporting JK Rowling,'" Kara Lynne said to the National Review. "I have this feeling that this is kind of where it stemmed from."
Hogwarts Legacy has been targeted by other trans activists, such as Brianna Wu, who said in December that if you buy the game you "don’t care about trans dignity enough to sacrifice for them."
Trans activist Blank, a biological male who identifies as transgender and the founder of My Little Pony for men convention BronyCon, took screenshots of Lynne's tweet in support of Hogwarts Legacy as well as a tweet from hers from 2016 that read, "If you think the # of trans crying about using a bathroom is higher than the perves using the excuse, then you are what is wrong with the world."
Blanks then tagged Limited Run Games and also noted that Lynn followed conservative users on Twitter such as Ian Miles Cheong and Libs of Tik Tok and tweeted, "The community manager for @LimitedRunGames, @/KaraLynne0326, is a transphobe who follows a veritable who's who of right-wing transphobic creeps. Unless and until she is fired from the company permanently, I am not giving them another single dime. (CW: Transphobia)."
At 5:40 pm the same day, on their Twitter account, Limited Run Games announced that Lynn had been fired and wrote "LRG respects all personal opinions, however we remain committed to supporting an inclusive culture. Upon investigating a situation, an employee was terminated. Our goal as a company is to continue to foster a positive and safe environment for everyone."
According to the National Review, despite Lynn's firing, Blank still demanded a refund of $1200 from product orders.
"In that call, I will say that there were a lot of emotions. I could tell they didn't want to do what they were doing and even said they didn't want to. They were being pressured from elsewhere," Lynne said.
"I had never been written up or reprimanded. I had never abused my power or personal opinions on the various social channels," Lynne said. "I even refrained from commenting or interacting with any political content or controversial topics on my personal social media accounts. This one isolated incident was apparently all it took. At least that is what I have been led to believe. If there was another reason, I was not informed."
The Daily Mail reports that Lynn released a statement on Sunday and said she was fired via a phone call.
Lynn also spoke with libertarian commentator and Rippaverse comic creator Eric July on Tuesday and said, "'It hurt. I wasn't angry with the company, because from a PR perspective, being in a marketing position, you've got to understand where they were coming from with this"
"I typically keep to myself, politics-wise, in the workplace, just because I don't feel like that needs to be -- my beliefs don't need to be pressed on anybody else," she added.
Lynn appeared on Tucker Carlson's program on Thursday night and said her firing was more of a "publicity thing."
Carlson said, "you're so good-humored about it. I'm outraged on your behalf. I hope that the lesson you take is you go follow even more forbidden Twitter accounts, and the you make more money in an even better job we are rooting for you."
Lynne told the National Review that the company gave her a severance and allowed her to keep her health insurance for a few months.
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