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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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108. Re: Blizzard's BlizzCon Apology Oct 29, 2011, 20:14 RollinThundr
Prez wrote on Oct 29, 2011, 17:51:
Beelzebud wrote on Oct 29, 2011, 17:45:
Prez wrote on Oct 28, 2011, 18:09:
Sorry, I'm going to say what I want, when I want, encourage others to do the same, and not care one iota that the thin-skinned people who think they have a right to never be offended don't like it. Yeah, I'm one of your "giant dickheads". Whatever. Whatever

The internet tough guy act only works on the internet. I challenge you to go out to a public bar this weekend and say what you want, where you want, and see how well it goes for you. You sound like someone that lives in a small town, and doesn't leave the house much.

Oh goodie, another one!

I can get away saying what I want whenever I want because I don't have hateful thoughts or go around thinking I'm better than other races or religions. I may tell the off-color joke from time to time, or laugh along with others at them, but you'd be surprised at how well I get along with everyone saying what I want when I want. I'm not important enough to be targeted by the NAACP, NOW, or GLAAD. Seeing as how my lesbian sister hangs out with me when I go back to visit I don't think I can be too terrible a person. And yeah, I tell gay jokes, which she laughs at.

Just don't tell me what I can and can't say - that's not your place. And FYI, I'm from NYC, btw, where everyone says what they think pretty regularly.

EDIT: I'm also a badass Ninja who could kill an entire bar full of rowdy rednecks. Excited

Being from NYC and not being a raging liberal? Good on ya Prez.
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