The Witcher Developer CD Projekt Red Apologizes for Transphobic Joke

The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red was criticized for making a transphobic joke on Twitter.

The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 studio CD Projekt Red faced criticism after making a transphobic joke on Twitter. The tweet in question, a reply to another user, was sent out the morning of Aug. 20 but has since been taken down by the studio. 

A thread on Resetera posted a screengrab of the exchange between CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter handle and user @rysteez:

After @rysteez tweeted that he “wants more guys” in Cyberpunk 2077, the game’s Twitter handle replied, “Did you just assume their gender?!”

The studio’s remark, which seems to be a failed attempt at humor, is a reference to an offensive internet meme aimed at transgender people. 

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“It specifically mocks transgender people for having preferred pronouns,” a Resetera mod said of the remark. “It’s a derogatory stereotype and is inherently transphobic. Any internet search will bring up numerous examples.”

Many others took to Twitter to condemn the studio.

“The ‘joke’ centers around the supposed misgendering of a person. Trans people get misgendered all the time, which is a hurtful and dehumanizing experience,” Twitch streamer Ashley Nova, who is transgender, explained on Twitter. “It plays on this false image that trans people (and non-binary folk in particular) are deliberately trying to be offended and looking for opportunities to do so.

“This is, of course, complete bullshit. The reality is no trans person has ever responded to being misgendered by claiming someone assumed their gender. In fact, most trans people are terrified of the idea of having to correct someone and will often let misgendering slide.”

CD Projekt Red has since apologized for the Tweet:

“Sorry to all those offended by one of the responses sent out from our account earlier,” the studio said. “Harming anyone was never our intention.”

It’s unclear from this statement whether CD Projekt Red will take any steps to ensure this sort of thing doesn’t happen again or if the company has reprimanded the person responsible for the tone-deaf tweet. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

John Saavedra is Games Editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

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