When allegations of abuse came against Chris Hardwick from his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra there was a lot of fallout for the creator of Nerdist. One of these areas is that his name was removed from the company’s website. After AMC decided to clear his name with what they learned from the investigation, Nerdist placed Hardwick’s name back onto the site though not without comment.
However, some say that adding his name back was a bad move such as writer Donna Dickens who shared that she will no longer be contributing to the website.
Nerdist’s response to re-adding Hardwick’s name can be seen in the following Tweet:
An official, updated statement from Nerdist: pic.twitter.com/KyTGoxDHgV
— Nerdist (@nerdist) August 13, 2018
For those who have Twitter blocked, the key takeaways are in the following lines:
“Last week, our parent company completed its investigation into the allegations against Chris Hardwick and issued a statement on our site that reinstated a mention of Hardwick as the founder of Nerdist, which is factually true. This statement is not intended to imply any change in our ongoing support of women and victims, nor does it change our business relationship with Hardwick, which concluded in 2017.
Our shows and stories are created by a team of people dedicated to making nerd culture and the internet a more positive, inclusive, and thoughtful place. We hope to continue to embody that mission with our content, our community, and most importantly, our actions.”
They continued in their statement providing information for victims of abuse:
There are many ways you can help a friend/loved one who has been affected by abuse & violence. Violence & abuse can have psychological, emotional, & physical effects on a survivor. These effects aren’t always easy to deal w/ but with the right help & support they can be managed.
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (Free and confidential. 24/7.)
@CrisisTextLine: Text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 support in the US.
@RAINN offers a National Sexual Assault Online Hotline to chat w/ a trained support specialist, 24/7: http://online.rainn.org .
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: call 1-800-273-8255, 24/7.
If you’re outside the U.S. an inventory of international domestic violence & abuse agencies is available on the Rape Crisis Network Europe: https://www.rcne.com/links/sources-of-help-for-survivors/ …
Donate to RAINN: https://donate.rainn.org
Now, it should be noted that they do claim to be supporting woman and victims though some might think of Hardwick’s name as being against that ideal. At this point, Hardwick has not been tried in a court of law and only in the court of public opinion which makes all of the claims be of technically alleged actions regardless if we believe them or not.
Do you feel that Chris Hardwick should no longer be acknowledged as the creator of Nerdist on their site over his alleged actions? Would the company be right to distance themselves from Hardwick or is denying their history a different problem? Share your thought thoughts below!