X-BOX BOSS APOLOGISES
Microsoft’s head of X-Box, Phil Spencer, has apologised after his company held a party for computer game developers in San Francisco that featured podium performances by female go-go dancers.
Ironically the evening event was held on the same day as a sponsored ‘Women in Sport’ luncheon – also arranged by Microsoft – that had been put together to promote diversity in the industry.
Phil Spencer admitted that it was ‘unequivocally wrong’ for hosting a party with scantily dressed female dancers as some of those in attendance complained on Social media about the short skirt /crop topped dancers.
The party sparked a firestorm of criticism in an industry that's been struggling against longstanding complaints that it regularly objectified women and made them feel unwelcome as players and game-builders.
The head of Microsoft's Xbox division issued a statement saying that the after-hours entertainment had represented Xbox and Microsoft in a way that was absolutely not consistent or aligned to its values, whilst an Xbox spokeswoman declined to answer questions regarding the dancers.
Phil Spencer acknowledged the event had "disappointed many people" and pledged to "do better in the future." He also sent an email to employees, which said the criticism of Xbox was deserved and added that, "I am personally committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion is central to our everyday business."
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