Alverant you miss my point - there are far more important things to fix than apologising for an historical footnote. Issuing a disclaimer is ironic if, as alleged, their actual work practices aren't up to scratch. Some would call it hypocrisy
I also think that it's disingenious - they are old books and people read old books understanding already that they are products of their time. I don't need a disclaimer when I read my favourite book Wuthering Heights - because I know it's a product of a bygone age.
(It's also disingenuious because, back in the day, I didn't know anyone who used those 'sexist' rules options. And all those rules were options because of what we now call rule zero.)
The debate online about orcs - specifically Tolkiens orcs - is misinformed. Tolkien orcs weren't racist they were classist - they were how he saw the working class in England, at the time, post the industrial revolution. Note that Tolkien was some one who saw the effect of industrialisation as a huge negative - he idealised the myth of England's rural past. This is why he scoured the Shire at the end. It's no accident that when we get to eavesdrop on 2 orcs talking in Mordor they are channeling conversations Tommy's would have been having in the trenches of WW1 - a terrible war that wasn't fought for any ideals other than the power games of the ruling classes. A war that, because of his participation, influenced his works.
The left has been censoring people - which is ironic. Banning people, de-platforming, un-personing in a pointless war fought online. The brave soldiers of the Internet privileged to fight in a privileged space: yet seeming to be unconcerned about the basic exploitation used to manufacture the very technology in their hands that gives them that access. Exploitation that is tangible in the harm it does to the people exploited.
Unfortunately a twitter rant these days is as bad as decades of misinformation. If only because of its reach and amplification. Mazes and monsters was a shitty B movie just as a movie - it's not like it was a box office hit. A twitter rant will get far more 'views' than that movie ever did - I've never actually watched it because it was of no interest to me and, amongst those friends of mine who don't play RPG's, I don't actually know anyone who has (for similar reasons - lack of interest)
I will always a free speech absolutist, because I don't want those people who have different views silenced - I want to know who they are and what they believe so I can exercise a simple choice - engage and try to persuade or ignore and refuse to support by voting with my wallet.
Look at what they Internet is doing to JK Rowling and, consequently, her books. She is entitled to her opinion - she isn't guilty of 'wrong think' nor does she require 'correction'. She has an opinion, she has written some books. She has defended her opinion and if you don't like her opinion that much then don't buy her books - what shouldn't be done is the ridiculous demand that her publisher disown her (in effect censoring her). Metaphorically what people are wanting to do to her is to send her to Orwells Room 101 - again 1984 is a warning not a handbook.
Can the Internet be used to bring about real change? A conditional yes - if you look at the Arab Spring. Again irony - it was the 'demons of 4chan' that mobilised online to get those citizens internet access when their Govt had cut it off. Yeah, 4chan and similar ilk says some pretty shitty stuff (that's free speech) but they have also done some pretty amazing stuff as well - love or hate wikileaks we still have a right to know, especially when it calls to account the unaccountable.
IMHO the culture war is being encouraged by bad actors to stop people questioning and asking for accountability for things that really matter. Who talks about the Panama Papers anymore? They are proof of the avoidance of due taxes and hoarded wealth. Money that should have gone to the Govt to afford investment in the infrastructure of society to mitigate the actual mechanims that limit people's opportunities in life. Money that, if you don't believe in an interventionist Govt, should be in circulation to create jobs and provide fair pay to again mitigate against the actual mechanisms that limit opportunity. There is stuff happening out there that offensive to both political outlooks (left and right* given, once you listen to both sides fairly, they differ only in the how rather than the what of social change) yet both sides are being distracted and set against each other.
Words don't kill, people do. Ideas never die - they still persist in thought and deed even if they're never said.
The point when I, personally, realised what a waste this whole internet war and faux outrage was? Reading a vile hate filled post from someone on FB accusing someone else of being vile and hate filled - because they said they didn't like The Last Jedi. The OP wasn't horrible, they simply responded to a question (did you like it or did you not?) - the righteous indignation to his saying he didn't like it was spectacular. I felt compelled to comment, as a voice of reason, asking the attacking poster to calm down and maintain a polite discussion - the OP had been asked a question and they had answered it honestly and politely. Lo and behold the offended one turns on me and says I quote '"this is a real war you don't know how much real harm people who have this opinion are doing". I'll say now what I said then - an opinion, on the Internet, about a fictional war in a fictional universe is harming no one; there are, however, several very real wars with very real harm being fought in our very real world: perhaps the poster might like to spend some time and energy in trying to fix that rather than playing at keyboard vigilante?. Twitter, FB etc etc? I realised how much harm they were doing - toxic echo chambers that reinforce beliefs on both sides (subjective beliefs at that). People who, if they talked IRL, wouldn't be so vile - because they'd have to listen to each other and probably find they had more in common than anything else.
- excluding the extremists at either end of the spectrum.