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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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113. Re: Blizzard's BlizzCon Apology Oct 30, 2011, 18:23 Asmo
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 28, 2011, 14:10:
Ah right. I'm half-japanese, my father is a jap, my mother is german. I'm jewish, I've lived through japanese racism first hand. I've seen rabid antisemitism first hand, and had the crap spewed at my home, work, and at me by bigots of every stripe, race, ethnicity and sex. I've seen bigotry, hate, racism and all the rest. They need to grow a thicker skin, and I've traveled all over this freaking rock. Japanese racism is it's own special brand of hate for those that aren't pure. Though none get it as badly as Brazilian-Japanese.

So what you're saying is that instead of turning around and standing up for yourself, you just took it? Every time someone slurred you or attacked you, you just rolled over and let them do it because your so thick skinned...

Standing up and fighting back against things is harder than just accepting the status quo. Your thick skin is something to hide behind. If the things you say in your post happened, how in the 9 hells aren't you offended enough to stand up about it? Sounds more like non-confrontational cowardice to me.

Your sexual orientation is much easier to hide, than your skin colour and ethnicity. They need to grow a thicker skin.

Why should it be hidden any more than your skin colour or ethnicity?

But yeah, it's so much better to live in a world where you need to carry around a tonne of scar tissue and constantly pretend to be something your not in the hopes that someday everyone will just miraculously become nice. /sarcasm

The problem won't fix itself and you and the rest of the 'toughen up princess' crowd aren't helping.
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