I’ve been very quiet about my experience with RT, but with the now vocalizarion of regret of lack of support from my ex coworkers I can say with confidence I didn’t leave because of the community, I left because of the company. https://t.co/4EwAHAxHv1— Mica Burton (@MicaBurton) June 3, 2020
Rooster Teeth is an online company that makes many online videos from animated series' like Red Vs Blue and RWBY to Let's Plays of games. When Mica worked at Rooster Teeth, she would edit some of the Let's Plays Achievement Hunter (RT's main gaming group) and would help when they streamed games and would sometimes be in their videos. She eventually then moved on to co-host and edit for The Know which was a channel that would report on gaming related news but she left the company after about two years of working there.
In 2016 on one of AH's podcasts, Off Topic, Mica talked passionately about her experiences as a black bisexual woman. Unfortunately a fair amount of the RT online community responded negatively to that and they started to harass her on social media. They attacked her using racist and sexist language and implied that because her dad is famous (Levar Burton) she couldn't have dealt with a lot of hardships.
Since Mica left RT, she has continued cosplaying along with hosting some Overwatch League matches and has been a part of Critical Role, a famous Dungeons and Dragons series.
Some of her coworkers and bosses at RT have responded and pled to do better.
Thank you for picking up the phone & taking the time to talk today, & thank you for allowing me to listen. I’ll be 45 in about a week, & you at 25 have taught the shit out of me, & done it with patience and kindness. We’re never to old to learn, and should always strive to. ❤️— Geoff Ramsey (@GeoffLRamsey) June 3, 2020
Mica, this is heartbreaking. I apologize for not supporting you more vocally, both personally and company-wide. You suffered real hate, and I wish I had done far more. I'm so sorry. I am proud of the work you did. Thank you for pushing me to do better.— Matt Hullum (@MattHullum) June 4, 2020
I wasn't there for Mica like I should have been. I should have stood up for her, been there for her, been vocal and fought back against the hate she was receiving-- but I wasn't, and I didn't. She, and so many others, are helping me learn what it truly means to be an ally. https://t.co/tai3oHQHto— Barbara Dunkelman (@bdunkelman) June 3, 2020
I need to admit I have said horrible things in failed attempts to be funny over the years and you helped me see how my own privilege blinded me to the seriousness of my actions. I should’ve spoken up publicly for you more and have been so thankful for your guidance and friendship https://t.co/mDlP7nMrqa— Gavin Free (@GavinFree) June 3, 2020
Her father also responded and added his thoughts.
So proud of you for speaking your truth, Kiddo! I know you’ve been holding this in for four long years. As a company @roosterteeth failed you and your right to work in an environment absent blatant racism. Hopefully now they will address their toxic company culture! https://t.co/z2eyjY25Wb— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) June 3, 2020
Mica's tweet/ Mica's OT talk/ Geoff tweet/ Matt tweet/ Barbara tweet/ Gavin tweet/ Levar tweet