Colin Moriarty has left Kinda Funny



  • @MSBi said in Brandon Jones on Kinda Funny Live 2:

    Well Kindafunny will not be the same now that Collin has left.

    Now they might be even slightly watchable without Moriarty spewing vitriolic hatred toward everyone in the 18-25 age demographic and/or not libertarian every five minutes. That is, me and a bunch of other people who don't hate young people. I'm interested now that Mean Dad is out — might even watch a few of their morning shows again when EZA isn't streaming.



  • @Haru17 I didn't have a problem with Colin, he says whats on his mind, I disagreed with a lot, but he also had a vast knowledge about games that'll be missed now I think.
    I started watching Kinda Funny after GT shut down, got hooked by Greg & Nick. I will however miss P.S. I Love You XOXO that was one hell of a podcast.



  • This is Collin's complete statement. I'll post the link below:

    It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce my resignation from Kinda Funny, effective immediately.
    This morning, the guys and I had a constructive conversation, and feel that, with our separate visions for the future and for the direction of the company, it’s time to go our separate ways. I want to be clear that this was my decision. Just as we collaborated as friends, so too do we part. I hope you continue to support them. I simply want to reconnect with what’s most important to me. Politics, history, philosophy. Reading books. Talking about things I feel are most impactful and essential for a person like me.
    I want to thank everyone for their support of me -- and us -- over these years. When I started writing about games professionally in 2002 as a freshman in college, never, ever, did I think I’d reach the heights I did. I owe a great deal to an audience that generously sustained me, supported me, and followed me, and I also owe a lot to those who gave me opportunities to begin with. I will always remember and be grateful for this entire experience.
    Opportunities are already popping up for me, bringing me in a new, different, and exciting direction, a direction that I feel makes perfect sense for me. Obviously, you haven’t seen or heard the last of me. Far from it. I hope that when I return with what’s next, you will support me there, just as you’ve supported me over these many years.
    Your Friend, -Colin

    https://www.facebook.com/appealtoheaven/posts/10103367920696739



  • While I've never been a big fan of kinda funny, Collin was the one that presented most of the content that I liked, and he for sure said stuff that I disagreed strongly with, but he without him I see no value in them as a gaming outlet.



  • Colin made Kindafunny bearable.



  • I used to listen to the IGN Beyond Podcast to pass time at my office job years ago. I've also watched a few interviews on Kinda Funny. It seems like Colin was the only person with journalistic skills pertaining to conducting an interview. Greg is sometimes entirely engaged in story and forgets to speak for a long time.

    Not to mention, he is obnoxious...

    They have a lot of fans and I'm sure this sucks. I'd hate to lose one of our Allies.



  • @GoTaco

    Why would you go ahead and say that about the allies?. I shudder the thought of that happening.



  • @MSBi

    I obviously don't want that either. I'm just making the point that despite me not being a fan of Kinda Funny, I can sympathize because I wouldn't want that for EZA.

    If anything I want them to hire Elyse and get her an Ian doing funny videos again, get her on Tabletop, etc. Somehow doubt that'll happen.



  • @GoTaco

    Right. I don't think Elyse would ever come back. It was her decision to leave the allies in the first place. Not that I am against it. She is quite funny at Funhaus and doing well there.



  • 5 bucks he ends up on Breitbart :D



  • I....really have nothing to add. He personally wasn't someone I valued seeing content from on IGN and neither was greg, so their existence elsewhere has no effect on me.

    But the constant badgering of the allies about the subject is a bit on the nose, I'm sure they aren't going to share their opinions about this, it's a very divisive topic as was Colin as a person. And it's probably best left for KF fans to discuss over on KF places as bringing it up here or on twitch chat just raises arguments.

    Always sucks to lose one's job, but it never sounded like he was on the same page as everyone else anyway. Not sure why hounding someone after the fact (As my twitter is LOADED with this from people who've never once tweeted about KF before) is such a popular thing to do, he messed up...he paid for it, it's over. Why does it need to continue? Does that not make his detractors worse than him?

    Not saying that's what this thread does, I just really don't understand this internet culture anymore. When you poke an animal with a stick long enough, what sort of reaction are you expecting after it's already growled at you? And of course when the obvious happens, that will be held against him too.

    Just my $0.02 on the issue.



  • I watched the ps i love you XOXO podcast and while i didnt always agree with him he is a million time more bearable then Greg. i do like Tim in small doses though



  • @ZyloWolfBane

    I certainly agree about the comment on internet culture. I belong to a few sub-cultures, if you will, and have even considered work within some. Fans are mental though. Makes you want to avoid it in the end.

    But this thread isn't particularly malicious. It's in General and is quite fact-of-the-matter.



  • @ZyloWolfBane I definitely agree. It makes me happy that EZA has avoided politics.

    Also, the argument among the community is that Greg's reply tweet made the situation infinitely worse than if they just ignored it.



  • @Stormcrownn

    To be honest Collin Moriarty did not fit into the group. there was no synergy. Since the beginning he was very serious and his political orientation did not bode well with the group. I always had feeling where the rest of the kinda funny crew were too dull or rather change the views as soon as Collin disagreed with something. We may never know exactly why Collin wanted to leave the group. This is the internet after all.



  • @MSBi To be fair, anyone who identifies as something other than far left doesn't fit in with anyone in San Francisco.



  • If I had to work with Greg Miller, I'd leave too.

    @Exist-2-Inspire That's a bit extreme, I'd say Heatstreet would be more likely.



  • @GoTaco said in Colin Moriarty has left Kinda Funny:

    @ZyloWolfBane

    I certainly agree about the comment on internet culture. I belong to a few sub-cultures, if you will, and have even considered work within some. Fans are mental though. Makes you want to avoid it in the end.

    But this thread isn't particularly malicious. It's in General and is quite fact-of-the-matter.

    Oh I know, I just feel like it gets brought up as much as it does just to try and stir up trouble, which concerned me a bit, since this place is a rather neutral ground. That's all I was getting across =)

    @Stormcrownn said in Colin Moriarty has left Kinda Funny:

    @ZyloWolfBane I definitely agree. It makes me happy that EZA has avoided politics.

    Also, the argument among the community is that Greg's reply tweet made the situation infinitely worse than if they just ignored it.

    Yeah, I've seen the related discussions right after the tweet colin made and the one at PAX. And it just seems like everyone he used to work with at IGN and everyone at KF just threw him under the bus, and in such a way that it felt like they were "Above" this sort of thing and yet they knew this was the sort of person Colin was even before founding KF.

    Regardless to my indifference toward KF in the first place it just looks very backstabby, I get it though. It's a business, you can't appear like you support things that go against what your fans expect of you, that's how anything in entertainment works, that's why when famous athletes do stupid things they lose contracts and sponsorships.

    So...I mean I "get" it, but I still think it was really scummy how the whole thing was handled. Him leaving in the end was totally expected, even if they hadn't personally fired him just the lack of support he has from his friends and co-workers would've been enough to convince anyone to split.



  • It's sad, but I saw it coming. Colin's been growing past Kinda Funny with his appearances on Rubin Report and Glenn Beck's show, and it's no secret that his truest passion lies beyond gaming.

    I thought the controversy surrounding his joke tweet was completely overblown - especially considering it was, after all, a joke - and unfortunately served as the catalyst for his decision. Too much toxicity (from both sides of the fence) was surrounding him and his co-workers' work, so I think it was beneficial and smart for both sides.

    It'll definitely serve as a huge shake-up to Kinda Funny, as they'll have to re-organize shows and events to compensate, but they'll survive. I have no doubt they'll find a suitable addition to serve as the new member. Greg, Tim, Nick, Kevin, and Joey are all still there, being great people.

    It's important to note that while there were many-a-dispute, Colin's departure is on good terms. They're all great friends, and Colin still shares a home with Greg. It's saddening to see so many attempted character assassinations on Mr. Moriarty surrounding this controversy from many outlets like Polygon and IBT simply due to his political affiliations and misunderstood jokes.

    I hope Colin Moriarty finds success in whatever his next venture may be, and I hope that Kinda Funny lives on without him. To be perfectly honest, I think this split is better for both parties.



  • Yes, the poor white male libertarian has no support when making lame sexist jokes.

    It's the fault of both sides of the aisle — everyone really. Not that of the guy who said the hateful thing in the first place.

    If only we could be create a more positive community around sexist jokes. The costal elite internet is just too negative about oppressing half of humanity.

    what.

    The excuses in this thread are patently ridiculous. He made a crap joke catering to hateful social conservatives, Trump supporters, and mysogenists, and ousted himself from his YouTube outfit. However it happened, it's his own fault for having those views and choosing to share them in an overtly political and anti-feminist (i.e.: sexist) way.