The mayor of Boston asks Sony to reconsider withdrawing from PAX East

    
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The mayor of Boston asks Sony to reconsider withdrawing from PAX East

Sony announced on rather short notice that the company would not be attending PAX East 2020 which kicks off on Friday, citing concerns about the spread of the dreaded coronavirus. Boston mayor Marty Walsh has officially penned an open letter asking the company to reconsider its decision to pull out from the convention, urging the company to reconsider and learn more about the “realities” of this health issue:

While we understand that you are concerned for the health and safety of your workforce, we urge you to reconsider and to learn more about the realities of this global health issue.

Further comments from Walsh included him indicating that he considers there to be “no threat” of the coronavirus spreading within the city. There has been one confirmed case of the coronavirus in Boston at this time, but the convention organizers have indicated there will be “enhanced cleaning and sanitation” at the event this year. That having been said, given the sheer number of people at these events they’re well-known to be breeding grounds for illness, so it seems like Sony’s concern for the health and safety of its employees is the “better safe than sorry” option. No word yet on whether or not Walsh will also reach out to Square-Enix at this point.

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Kanbe

Sony should urge the mayor to learn about the realities of how germs spread and how people get from point Japan to America. I’m assuming the mayor doesn’t have a teleportation device to lend Sony so they could avoid air travel.

Oh and how about Sony adds a little bit of valuing safety and human life over capital in there as well.

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Schmidt.Capela

Viruses, actually. But yeah, depending on the virus it can easily spread out of control. It’s no coincidence that when something quickly spreads everywhere we say it has “gone viral”.

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Bryan Correll

“Germ” refers to any microscopic pathogen, including viruses.

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Armsbend

Lol this subject has some of the best comments of any article in a long time. Like full time comedy writers each comment I love it.

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Aiun Tanks

we urge you to reconsider and to learn more about the realities of this global health issue.

Bro. Buh… RO. That’s a bad enough line to use even when you’re not dead fucking wrong.

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Armsbend

I enjoyed “Buh…RO.”

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Armsman

While we understand that you are concerned for the health and safety of your workforce, we urge you to reconsider and to learn more about the realities of this global health issue.

Translation: “F**k caution and public safety (Hell, I won’t even be anywhere near there personally) – but AS THE MAYOR, hey – we need to tourism revenue this generates, dammit!”

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Natalyia

So, Mr. Walsh? There’s a movie you should watch. It’s called “Jaws.” Don’t be that mayor.

The reality here is that Sony feels the peace and mind of their employees and the marginal reduction in risk of their becoming sick is worth more than the benefits of going to the convention. To them.

I suggest that if the mayor of Boston wants to help with the realities of this global health situation there are better uses of his time than trying to convince Sony to attend PAX East.

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Bryan Correll

Nice comparison. And now I want to go watch Jaws.

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zoward

Winter towns need winter dollars!

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Utakata

It’s one of those viruses that folks shouldn’t really panic over if they get it. Most will survive. The problem being though that this is a highly contagious disease that no one is unnaturally inoculated against. And one that goes straight for the lungs pneumonia style. Ouch! So anyone with underlying health issues or wonky immune systems are likely to get hit very hard with it. That ‘s why we should take every precaution to prevent it’s spreading if we can. Including pulling out of money generating conventions…as peeps’s health is much more important here if one considers everyone’s life is important.

Sorry Boston, better luck next year? /shrug

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Aiun Tanks

Exactly the same reason why vaccination is so important in children. Yeah, sure, the unvaccinated might survive… but preventing the disease from reaching the healthy and robust in the first place helps prevent the healthy and robust from infecting the more vulnerable. We strengthen as many as we can to better protect the vulnerable.

This is especially important when novel coronavirus carriers can be asymptomatic. Reducing how many people they might unknowingly infect, who will in turn go on to infect others, is ALWAYS going to be a good thing for the people who have to be very very concerned.

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Utakata

And yes, the anti-vax community is most certainly not helping maters here. /sigh

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kalech

Yeah, supposedly if you do catch it and you’re of average health, you should be able to recover at home and won’t even need a hospital.

But that doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to stick thousands of people in a single building, in an event that’s famous for giving you the “con flu”.

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Castagere Shaikura

I’m from Boston and all this Mayor cares about is missed revenue to go to him and the other rich in the city.

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Arktouros

Oof.

I can’t say they did it because they don’t want their employees to get sick and risk productivity or because they just want their employees to be healthy but good on Sony either way.

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Michael Fuchs

It’s like the real concern is the plane trip, not the convention and the mayor doesn’t get that.

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