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Blizzard's BlizzCon Apology

GayGamer has more follow-up on yesterday's news of outcry over anti-gay slurs during the closing performance at BlizzCon 2011. They recieved an apology from Mike Morhaime, the president of Blizzard who is also apparently a member of Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain, the band that performed at the closing. Here's word:

Dear members of the Blizzard community,

I have read your feedback and comments about this year's BlizzCon, and I have also read the feedback to the apology from Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain. I'd like to respond to some of your feedback here.

As president of Blizzard, I take full responsibility for everything that occurs at BlizzCon.

It was shortsighted and insensitive to use the video at all, even in censored form. The language used in the original version, including the slurs and use of sexual orientation as an insult, is not acceptable, period. We realize now that having even an edited version at the show was counter to the standards we try to maintain in our forums and in our games. Doing so was an error in judgment, and we regret it.

The bottom line is we deeply apologize for our mistakes and for hurting or offending anyone. We want you to have fun at our events, and we want everyone to feel welcome. We're proud to be part of a huge and diverse community, and I am proud that so many aspects of the community are represented within Blizzard itself.

As a leader of Blizzard, and a member of the band, I truly hope you will accept my humblest apology.

- Mike Morhaime President, Blizzard Entertainment

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99. Re: Blizzard's BlizzCon Apology Oct 29, 2011, 15:29 Prez
 
Which was the original point, once again. What you are complaining about GLAAD doing is the same as what you are doing. The only difference being people don't actually give a damn if you call them out.

Again, no. I just illustrated why the the two reactions are not the same. In short, my complaint stops here, while GLAAD's is simply step one out of the thought police playbook. And please don't pretend that we both don't know full well exactly what would have happened had Blizzard said "Ah gimme a break - it was a joke people. Lighten up!" Escalation of rhetoric, 'awareness' campaigns of Blizzard's "Hatred", call for boycotts to damage Blizzard's business. It's their modus operandi, and it works to stifle what used to be everyone's right to make a joke without fear of repercussion, which is why they continue to use it. THAT is browbeating and demonizing. It has worked extremely effectively in ruining people in the past - most people will apologize at step one just to shut the cretins up to stop the hypersensitive freaks' crusade to destroy them.

We can play semantics all day; just know I patently do not and will not accept the parallel you insist on continuing to try to make. I will simply stop addressing it at all should you persist. I have a thick skin when someone calls me a pasty-white fat guinea; my skin is noticeably thinner when it comes to self-serving attack dog groups that try to destroy people and businesses in the name of political correctness. Or use their past successes to strong-arm people into letting them have their way, ruining the country along the way.

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