We've been freaked out and pissed since learning that Penny Arcade's Mike Krahulik seemingly reopened a years-old wound involving rape survivors (and others with some measure of empathy) during an interview at PAX on Monday. Our frantic need to catch up with our lives kept us from venting prematurely, which is good—because this morning, Krahulik posted a full-throated renunciation of pretty much everything Penny Arcade did in the aftermath of what has come to be known as "the dickwolves controversy." It's honest, it's humble, and it's good to see someone as privileged as Krahulik absorb the message and do the right thing. (As for the original joke, he stands by it. We can’t even remember our initial reactions uncolored by the madness that followed—but the dude has a right to his own opinion about his own work.)
We had tons more to say about this yesterday, but when someone who fucks up acknowledges the fuck-up and apologizes to those who were hurt, they deserve forgiveness, not analysis. We will say this, though: He's raised our expectations, and we're going to hold him to that.
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