To be fair, churches are powerful in other countries, too. Politicians and leaders will use religious imagery and expressions in order to capture or cement their standing, particularly conservative parties. This is no news, and is even briefly mentioned in the Triumph of Will video that Grizzly has posted in the Problematic Media thread – but I am pretty sure mostly everybody who’s been paying attention, despite of their country of origin or residence, can attest to having witnessed courting, appeasement and appropriation on the national political scene, too. E.g. Merkel’s stances on immigration are obviously designed to please and accommodate some religious organizations including the Catholic Church itself: the name’s of her own party is “Christian Democratic Union”, after all.
Of course, there are some problematic forces, organizations and figures inside the Catholic Church, despite attempts from the current Pope to project a more LGBTQ friendly image, signaling a break from fairly intolerant stances taken by the Pope Emeritus who has been …retired for these and other things, essentially an unprecedented move as far as I understand. While that can give society some hope for reform, the fight for uprooting certain stances appears to be ongoing and far from easily won.
What all of this means for the sake of this discussion is that, even though Catholicism surely plays a pivotal role in Poland’s political life, its dynamics do not exist in a vacuum.
Seems fair to me to say any intolerance towards LGBTQ and people of a different skin color do not necessarily begin or end with the undoubtedly pervasive and strong influence of the Catholic power nexus.
And, even though I suspect Poles might not like to hear this, from this particular Westerner’s point of view, many issues with intolerance and political drifting to more extreme right-wing positions appear to be shared across the former Eastern Bloc (and spreading to Western Europe); as far as I understand the situation for LGBTQ in Russia is also definitely not rosy at all.
Moving on to the interview itself, some caution is surely best exercised because the whole matter hinges on a translation, as we have no clue whether how well the job was done.
Some part of the problem could be definitely be explained by a hasty or poor translation work, and even a damn good translator oftentimes can encounter problems rendering the exact shades of meaning an expression contains in its original form, and will have to make compromises.
In my mind, there is no doubt that the essentially unapologetic attitude displayed by CDP, and people associated with it, in connection with some recent events, have finally alerted some members of the press that not everything is fine and dandy with and within the company. Not that ample signs weren’t there before, mind, but the honeymoon phase seems to have been leaving room to a more critical approach.
I cannot in all honesty say this is a bad thing – the press has cut CDP huge slack in the past, for instance when Cockle was interviewed a few years ago, he all but confirmed that the conditions voice actors face while working for the company, were certainly no different and, critically, not better than those experienced by his colleagues working for Bethesda, who instead was publicly flogged for the practices; not even a peep was heard about CDP even though the conditions to extend that discourse in that direction, too, were undoubtedly present.
As others were saying, CDP has undeniably become a force to be reckoned with in the industry, so it’s all the more important that the same high standards be applied to all players that are part of it.
As for Cyberpunk 2077, I think it’s realistic controversies might flare up again once the game finally is in the hands of both members of the press and ordinary folks.
Should that scenario turn into reality, how CD Projekt will react, and handle these controversies, will be critical in providing more solid elements to build an accurate picture about the situation.
The launch will shine a huge spotlight on the company and studio, so CD Projekt will be able to undo some of the damage to their image, if they’re willing to send a strong signal that they really care about some critical matters.