Mike says sorry

    While not directly Diablo 3 related, some of you may have been at BlizzCon and seen the clip which has caused an outcry within the Blizzard community this week and has now prompted a response from Mike Morhaime. Mike has apologised for anti-gay language used by Cannibal Corpse’s George Fisher in a video interview which was shot at a Metal festival then edited with the language beeped out and shown at BlizzCon.

    The fiasco has caused a bit of an uproar within the community, not only from the gay community but also the WoW Alliance who took great offense that their faction was being slagged off. While the Alliance faction may be offended, the comments by Mr Fisher regarding the Alliance could be perceived as humour and I think there’s been an over reaction there by Alliance WoW players, even if the language used was rather unsavoury. On the other hand the anti-gay language used has offended the gay community and rightly so.

    The video  has now prompted a full apology from Mike Morhaime after pressure from GLAAD.

    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 short-sighted 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 judgement, 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

    The showing of the video clip was not exactly the brightest thing Blizzard have done, and while the audience at BlizzCon is mature enough to handle the bad language, it was very short-sighted by Blizzard to think that nobody would seek out the source of the clip, especially considering the massive audience watching via DirectTV. Quite a bit of a PR blunder this one by Blizzard.

    The original video interview is still on Youtube but be warned it does contain offensive language and shows what a clever chap Mr Fisher is. The edited video that was shown at BlizzCon is also available on Youtube.

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