Good heavens, this is a loaded comment. Where to begin? I guess the top would be a good start.
Quite frankly, there's a difference between being disappointed that a cameo of someone you admired/liked a lot was removed, politely expressing maybe once that you weren't a fan of the change, and going full on rage towards the game devs
You're right, there is a difference between politely expressing yourself and raging. And that goes both ways. There were people raging and demanding he be removed. There were people raging and demanding he be added back after he was removed.
I had emailed Playtonic about my disagreement with Jon's removal, and I was not all rude or vulgar in my message. Even so, to this day, it goes without response. I was a backer of the Kickstarter, and still my input is ignored. I haven't even asked for a refund, either (still looking forward to the game's Switch release).
...while under the hashtag of a "movement" known for being a hategroup.
#GamerGate isn't a hate group. Unless you consider being against dishonestly and collusion in the media, and being against censorship to be a "hate group". Hell, even the FBI investigated #GamerGate and found nothing. You should really look into what #GamerGate is about. If you honestly believe it's about keeping women out of gaming or something like that, then you really know nothing.
...the actual problem (Treatment of Nintendo owners)
What a fanboyish thing to say. How has Playtonic treated Nintendo fans badly, as you imply? Because of the canceled Wii U version? Because of the delayed Switch version? If that's what you're implying, then that's a pretty silly thing to say. The Wii U version was canceled due to difficulties in getting the game functional on Wii U (which we hear time and again), plus the fact that the game would be released AFTER the Switch came out. Even before the Switch came out, the Wii U was already a dying/dead platform. Let's not kid ourselves: targeting a Wii U release at any point after the reveal of the Switch would be a fruitless effort.
As for the Switch version being delayed... it's pretty obvious development started on this port LONG after the other versions were nearing completion. Plus, it benefits from most of the bugs/complaints about the other versions being ironed out for the Switch release. If anything, I'd say they're doing Nintendo fans a favor by not releasing the game in its current state on Switch.
...all because of a guy who said himself that he understood their decision.
I appreciate how Jon responded to the situation (even still encouraging them to have a successful launch), but that doesn't mean I have to agree with Playtonic's decision. I'm allowed to think for myself, am I not?
...like everyone else should have.
I've noticed you often take a stance of moral authority and seem to believe everyone should follow in line with the groupthink... 🤔
There's a pretty good reason Team17 went on a banning spree on their steam forums, and it's not because they hated feedback. It was because a ton of people were being pricks to them, plain and simple.
They completely silenced any dissent to Jon's removal and requests for refunds, regardless of how people presented themselves. They simply allowed for zero discussion on the matter.
Seriously, I haven't seen so many people get worked up over such a non-issue since... Well, ever TBH.
It may be a minor thing, but who are you to tell what people should and should not care about?
...yet NOT the actual problems with the Switch version and poor communication just baffles me to what priorities people have.
There are no problems with the Switch version. A delay in the release isn't a problem, especially since it means they're fixing a lot of issues first (have you not seen the patch log for the huge update to the game?) and Playtonic has communicated well on most matters.