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BlizzCon Hate-Speech Criticized

The closing performance at BlizzCon 2011 by Level 90 Epic Tauren Chieftain has drawn fire from GLAAD for anti-gay slurs in a lead-in video from guest singer George 'Corpseater' Fisher from Cannibal Corpse, reports GayGamer. Word is: "The problem? His hate for the Alliance. Specifically, the anti-gay language used to describe them. Though bleeped-out, Fisher's diatribe calls Alliance players a number of anti-gay slurs, and declares that they should die." They say this "has prompted GLAAD to initiate an outreach to Blizzard." VG247 notes the following official comment on this from Blizzard:

Thank you everyone for your feedback regarding the closing night performance at BlizzCon. While we had some other messaging worked up we were going to post, the members of band wanted to instead address it themselves:

Hey guys, we read and heard all the feedback from BlizzCon this year. The Corpsegrinder bit was never intended to be taken seriously. We are sorry that we offended anyone; everything at our shows is just meant in fun. Thank you all for speaking up. We’ll definitely keep this in mind for future shows.

Our humblest apologies,

Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain

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181. Re: BlizzCon Hate-Speech Criticized Oct 27, 2011, 23:47 Asmo
 
MajorD wrote on Oct 27, 2011, 18:03:
Asmo wrote on Oct 27, 2011, 17:38:
"We're characterising 'gay' as weak and shit, and you're gay if you get offended by that..."
We are, REALLY? WTF did you get that?

Have you seen alliance pvp? I'd describe it as weak and shit. Ergo calling alliance gay = ...

Prez wrote on Oct 27, 2011, 19:34:
Horrible things happen to blacks, whites, Asians, Hindus, to Muslims, Christians, Jews, atheists, to heterosexuals, bi-sexuals, transexuals, men, women, children, transvestites, to everybody every single day. Gays are not special.

K

No one should have to suffer such things

Agreed.

but it's a sad fact of life and human nature that they do and will

And since it's a sad fact we should ridicule anyone who tries to change the status quo? \= |

We all wish we could end the suffering wrought by evil people

Or the suffering wrought by the indifferent.

any decent person would

Decent people like the ones that point out harmful reinforcement of bad stereotypes?

but crying about some stupid, harmless thing some goofball said won't help one bit.

What's the old saying? "Ignore everything that comes before the word 'but, because the real message comes after it."

And please don't try to infer that his speech can be considered "inflammatory"; that's just an insultingly stupid notion, just as it was when people suggested it about some goofy developer naming an achievement "Stupid whore" or something like that. It's childish idiocy.

The one thing that belies your whole diatribe was that there was an apology offered for the comment... If he did nothing wrong and it's just a bunch of "sissy" gays being "childish idiots", why bother apologise for it?

Hey guys, we read and heard all the feedback from BlizzCon this year. The Corpsegrinder bit was never intended to be taken seriously. We are sorry that we offended anyone; everything at our shows is just meant in fun. Thank you all for speaking up. We’ll definitely keep this in mind for future shows.

Our humblest apologies,

Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain

Yeah, thanks for speaking up, not 'sit down and shut up sissy fag!'...
 
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