Last year, EA “won” the Consumerist’s “Worst Company in America” award, beating out the likes of Bank of America for the not-so-coveted “Golden Poo.” The awards are fought over in a March Madness-style bracket format, and since we’re hip-deep in March right now, the 2013 edition of the awards are back. EA’s been put into the contest again, currently going up against Anheiser-Bush parent company AB-InBev for the title.
While I’m all for populist rage and anti-corporate anger, may I submit that there are certainly worse companies out there?
Suspiciously missing are every single oil or gasoline company—you know, those companies that suck up natural resources in ways that are permanently damaging the planet, and doing so in a way that creates even more armed conflicts and strife the world over. And what about Monsanto, which patents its genetically modified crops and then sues small, independent farms that accidentally cultivate the company’s seeds when the wind blows them into their fields—essentially litigating someone else for their own mistakes? Or Dow Chemical, which still refuses to do anything about the Bhopal disaster in India? Or GE, which is responsible for dumping untold amounts of PCB chemicals into the Hudson River?
But, yeah, I totally see why you’re mad about SimCity.
It’s fun to get annoyed at companies that we feel are deserving of our ire, and bad customer service or sub-par products are definitely worth getting frustrated about. But let’s also keep some perspective: there are companies out there that actually do real damage to real people in the pursuit of profit. I’m going to take a bold stance here and say that, no matter how pissed off you were at EA during the SimCity launch—or really for anything they’ve done—they’re pretty far from America’s worst company, and probably shouldn’t really even be on this list.
Just keep it all in perspective, you guys.
Via The Consumerist