I think this is one of those things that is important for people to understand before they start seeing headlines on Kotaku and react to the headlines rather than what is actually happening. Hopefully it won't even get to that point, but this has all the right elements to make for perfect click-bait.
Basically, early on in the Kickstarter for Might No. 9, there was a backer who created a very small amount of controversy by asking for the main character, Beck, to be female and/or ethnically "swapped."
A few days ago, this backer was made the community manager. Naturally, do her previous controversy and rather poor first post introducing herself to the community, people started digging up information about her. Apparently, she made a number of tweets in the past that upset people when found.
- Her position was acquired by having a friend or "bf" that works for Comcept
- She has never been a MegaMan player
- She doesn't really get the "mighty thing"
- She will be designing for the upcoming game as well as managing the community
She locked down her twitter, and deleted the tweets. Being the internet, nothing ever truly disappears. Here's a link to an image of the tweets, though remember this source is someone less than pleased at this recent development: (Click Me)
It seems that people started reacting poorly to what they learned and her previous comments, and many started asking for refunds. The fear being that she is going to try to impose her "agenda" into the design process, and/or being the link between the community and the design team, may filter what they hear from the community.
Others are merely upset that someone who does not seem to be a fan of MegaMan got their job through nepotism, and lied about their enjoyment of MegaMan when introducing themselves, or at the least contradicted previous statements.
As of today this community manager has noticeably improved her demeanor with the community, and addressed the fact that she had little previous experience with MegaMan. She admits or has admitted that she is not a designer per se, but that with such a small team everyone is asked to contribute from time to time. She also states "I’d like to see anyone try and push a personal agenda past these guys ;)" Issues of nepotism were touched upon, but never fully addressed.
A PR master she is not, but she seems to be learning quickly.
So why do I think this is going to blow up? Because among the people reasonably trying to discuss and asses this person's ability to moderate a community are a number of people trying to turn this into a discussion about gender in video games. With this being the hottest button issue in video game journalism at the moment, it doesn't seem far fetched that this situation will be exploited by someone looking to turn the reactionary attitude people have toward this issue into easy click bait that will conflate concerns of the community over qualifications with gender equality in video games.
Again, hopefully this will not happen. Perhaps I'm even doing it a disservice by trying to get under this issue and giving it more exposure. However, I'd like for the basic facts to be out there and available before people start reacting to summations of a complex community issue. How people interpret those facts is up to them.