Sunday, January 27, 2008

"Expert" Retracts Comments Made of Mass Effect

Cooper Lawrence, the so-called psychology "expert" who criticized Mass Effect this past Monday on Fox News Live Desk for depicting scenes of graphic nudity and sex, has officially retracted her comments yesterday on The New York Times.

"In an interview on Friday, Ms. Lawrence said that since the controversy over her remarks erupted she had watched someone play the game for about two and a half hours. “I recognize that I misspoke,” she said. “I really regret saying that, and now that I’ve seen the game and seen the sex scenes it’s kind of a joke. "

That's all well and good, but what bugs me is that she has _not_ apologized, and we all know she's only now saying what she now is simply because she's stirred up the hornet's nest with the entire Internet gaming community slamming her new book, and rightly so.

"“Before the show I had asked somebody about what they had heard, and they had said it’s like pornography,” she added. “But it’s not like pornography. I’ve seen episodes of ‘Lost’ that are more sexually explicit.” "

Now, let's say for the sake of argument that we forgive her, and let's look at the facts of this "expert." The above quote illustrates the kind of "research" that she does, so honestly, would you trust anything she writes or talks about? Personally, I feel her book should continue to be attacked simply on the basis that she is a proven fraud; it does not deserve to sell.

I mean, my God, this is the woman who's the monthly columnist for Dating and Relationships in CosmoGIRL!, and a lot of girls do read that magazine (which now explains a lot, actually), which means they're simply being fed, and modelling themselves around, nothing but misinformation. Very disturbing.

I also think the matter should not be laid to rest until Fox News issues a retraction, though I'm not going to hold my breath.

Original story spotted at ActionTrip.

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