Quoted from Jared:
Alright, enough here.
Jody is the Director of Marketing and Licensing at Stern Pinball. He has been intimately involved with every Stern license since 2009, and therefore every game made since the time of his hire. Coincidentally this includes some of the the most beloved and highly ranked pinball machines of all time. The next time you see Jody, you can thank him for that.
Jody is Jewish. We all know the atrocities committed by Hitler towards Jews.
I realize and understand that you all here likely didn't know that, and didn't directly mean any (antisemitism) provocation by it. However in light of me now telling you that Jody is Jewish, you all can understand how a video of "Hitler making fun of him" could very extremely insensitive and humiliating.
Jody and I have now worked hand in hand after I took a position at Stern for 5 months now. In that time I have really got to know him and how he operates. We talk daily. Jody is a good person who wants the best for the company, the hobby and the entire industry. His best way to make that happen is to be a part of making awesome new pinball machines for you all to play. He lives it. Day and night, on and off the clock.
Livestream? That was because of Jody. The license in the first place? That was Jody. Hiring me to increase social media content and interaction by more than 500%? Jody. Pinball at CES... ComicCon... Jody. Apparel, accessories, tours, events... Jody. He has been JUST off camera for 6 years now, and today in 2015 there are active members of the Pinball community who really have no clue. Well from my personal observations, he is an integral cog in the machine that has helped to create the pinball reality we live in today.
I know and understand that some people out there want commentary free videos (and those will come). And I know and understand that watching a live-stream re-cap without the interactive chat in the same view can be awkward to the viewer. Jody was stepping out and interacting with people directly, uncensored and naturally for the first time... ever. That was a big jump.
A "Hitler reacts" video is a part of the culture of the internet... there is no getting rid of it. However, making a Hitler reacts video (in part) about someone who in fact: gives his all for pinball and: is Jewish, really left a bad taste in my mouth.
Back to lurking.. -Jared
tell jody to work a little harder with the license holders for more artistic freedom with the art. So let down, but glad you came here to talk about jody rather than the art package.