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Nintendo’s Bowser gets involved in LinkedIn brawl over airplane seats

We’ve all seen a post or comment in our time on the Internet that was so mean, worthless, or just plain bad that we couldn’t help but click the keys and write a response. It even turns out The president of Nintendo of America: Doug Bowser– can’t always resist the siren song and jump into the comments when he sees something he strongly disagrees with.

As recently noted and documented by PKLeor on the LinkedInLunatics subredditabout a week ago Chad Rogers – partner at public affairs firm Crestview Strategy –posted a little rant (and AI image) on LinkedIn about people using the seat in front of them to help them get on or off a plane. He wanted to make it clear that people should never, ever, ever do that!

“As you get to your seat, get up from your seat, navigate the aisle, etc., remember that you DO NOT HAVE THE right to touch other people’s backrests,” Rogers said.

“The chair (sic) in front of you is not there to stabilize or elevate yourself (that’s what an armrest is for). The chair you sit on is yours; you should not touch another seat or backrest at any time. Thank you for respecting the miracle of flight.”

Normally I wouldn’t waste your time with the random rants flooding LinkedIn, but one of the people who responded to this strangely aggressive comment was none other than Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. And folks, he had none of Rogers’ angry nonsense.

“Quite an arrogant and justified comment,” said Bowser. “Some people may have difficulty moving to their (sic) seat (physical limitations, limited seating areas, etc.). That said, if a passenger needs to support themselves boarding and disembarking, they should be as careful as they physically can.”

Bowser then pulled out the classic poster tool: a nice little passive-aggressive “PS” at the end of his comment.

“P.S. Where does your ticket purchase documentation state your seat back ‘rights’ or any other ‘rules’ you talk about?”

If I were a rich executive, I would probably realize right now that I’m doing the wrong thing and stop posting nonsense online. I would start counting all my money again or paying the bills on time. Instead, Chad Rogers responded to Bowser’s comment.

“Titled would mean you own anything not listed on a ticket on contract,” Rogers said. “The manners are neat, (sic) happy to help you with the mail. Seats are assigned per passenger and are printed on all boarding passes.”

Bowser responded for the last time in the thread with:

Manners are different from rights. However, I see that arrogance still prevails. Have yourself a good day.

That’s about as close to “Fuck you and fuck off” as an active Nintendo executive will ever post online. In response, Chad deleted Bowser’s comments and other answers he didn’t like. However, through check Bowser’s profile on LinkedInyou can still find evidence of the comment war.

A screenshot shows Chad Rogers' statement "WHO?"

Screenshot: LinkedIn/Kotaku

A few days after Bowser’s response, another user responded with “Well said Doug Bowser.” It received nine likes. Rogers simply replied, “Who?” which got zero likes and is basically the biggest loser move you can make in an online comment battle, especially if you previously replied to that person multiple times and then deleted their comments.

Ultimately, it’s nice to see rich guys on LinkedIn behaving like I did when I was an active user of way too many internet forums at the time. The more things change and all that.