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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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105. Re: Blizzard's BlizzCon Apology Oct 29, 2011, 17:08 Prez
Okay. Impasse. I'm not going to keep explaining why you are wrong and this "hypocrisy" drum you contineu to beat on is a figment of your imagination. Reading your latest post gives me the idea we aren't even in the same concert hall, much less on the same page of music. I mention the first amendment once in passing and it has been the crux of your counter-argument, as if my whole argument depends on it. "Relying on it"?? That proves you have not comprehended anything I say, nor do you understand the purpose of the 1st Amendment. You've done nothing to illustrate any hypocrisy and instead just insist that I take your word for it, which is simply mystifying to me.

If there were a hint of hypocrisy in anything I say whatsoever, I would rethink it, as I hate hypocrisy because it is fundamentally an intellectual paradox that requires a vast re-think of one's position. Alas, no such thing exists here, yet you persist without any good cause. It's as if you don't wish to actually debate the real point, and instead rather derail the discussion indefinitely.

You are relying on the first amendment to support your position that people should be able to say what they wish without being "attacked" by organizations like GLAAD.

Complete, total, UTTER misrepresentation of my argument. Not even CLOSE to what my argument is. You don't even care enough to understand my side so what's the point? It's quite galling that I have wasted my time presenting a viewpoint you don't even care to read and understand. But lesson learned. I won't make the same mistake with you again.

Let's just agree to disagree, as we are not capable of a reasonable discussion for a number of factors right now. Discussion over for my part.
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