While the anger here is justified, should we not be careful of the “salt the earth” rhetoric?
If there is no path for redemption then the punishment loses some of it’s efficacy. To take away someone’s access to something (freedom, a beloved community) only work if there is a possibility of a return.
I don’t say this becaus eI’m a fan and I can’t bear to be without Nick’s work, I’ve honestly never heard of him before all this. Instead I am always wary of punishment being the be all and end all of reprimanding someone.
If the opinion is, this man can never re- enter this community then we push him to the fringe, of even just the gaming community. I think that recent political events have shown that the fringe is where dangerous and stupid ideas breed. Considering the reason for the extrication is because of already existing toxic ideas, the least helpful thing we, as a community, can do is push this guy further into the arms of misogynists.
All this is of course dependent on Nick showing an honest attempt to learn from his mistakes and listening to the community. I’m also not suggesting we should all sit down and watch his videos and forget about it.
I am just very wary that justified anger does not always end in sensible punishment. Prisons systems around the world are testament to this. By marking people for life and isolating them from mainstream society, where else do they have to go but the dangerous fringe?