Despite some steps taken by the gaming industry towards being more gay-friendly (see: permitted homosexual marriages in Dragon Age, Skyrim, Mass Effect, Fable), not everyone is so open-minded. You may have heard of George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher’s (member of the band Cannibal Corpse) rant against the Alliance, which was saturated with f-bombs, passionate hate, and homophobia.
Blizzard allowed the band to play on the main stage of BlizzCon, and played an edited version of the clip. You can watch the unedited clip here, but beware, it is definitely NSFW. Along with his opinion that Alliance players are homosexual and often partake in the act of fellatio, he encourages Nigh Elf players to “cry in a river and tell me how you’re going to slit your wrists.” All the while, the interviewer just laughs along.
After a severe backlash from Alliance players, homosexuals, and people with rational thought, Blizzard sent a letter to blog Gay Gamer, apologizing and taking full responsibility for the video showing. Mike Morhaime, president of Blizzard Entertainment and member of Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain, wrote the apology, which reads as follows (from Gay Gamer):
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
Fisher issued his own apology, which was mentioned in Morhaime’s letter. It reads as follows (from G4):
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.
I don’t know what kind of society we have when encouraging people to slit their wrists, and using homosexuality as a perceived heavy insult, is considered “fun”.