A World of Warcraft character named Gorge the Corpsegrinder, named after Cannibal Corpse frontman George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher, has had its title modified. That is a part of Blizzard’s persevering with combing through the archives and finding references in the game that, in 2021, maybe aren’t as cool as they used to be.
On this occasion, it was the rediscovery of a 2007 interview with Fisher, that was later broadcast throughout Blizzcon 2011, during which he begins by speaking about his love for WoW. “I’ve obtained 4 accounts at stage 70, I’m not fuckin’ enjoying man, WoW is fuckin’ life for me,” he mentioned. But later will get heated when revealing which faction he performed.
“I don’t play no fuckin’ homo Alliance, both…fuck the Alliance, fuckin’ die you emo cocksuckers”. You can see the original 2007 interview here.
And right here’s the interview, recut and censored, being performed reside on the BlizzCon 2011 stage, in a video captured and uploaded by some man within the crowd referred to as Mike Fahey:
It’s essential to notice right here that going again to this video and criticising it isn’t some act of archaeological outrage; its exhibiting in 2011 was controversial even then, and prompted then-President Mike Morhaime to issue the following statement:
Expensive members of the Blizzard neighborhood,
I’ve learn your suggestions and feedback about this yr’s BlizzCon, and I’ve additionally learn the suggestions to the apology from Degree 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain. I’d like to reply to a few of your suggestions right here.
As president of Blizzard, I take full accountability for all the pieces that happens at BlizzCon.
It was shortsighted and insensitive to make use of the video in any respect, even in censored type. The language used within the unique model, together with the slurs and use of sexual orientation as an insult, is just not acceptable, interval. We notice now that having even an edited model on the present was counter to the requirements we attempt to keep in our boards and in our video games. Doing so was an error in judgment, and we remorse it.
The underside line is we deeply apologize for our errors and for hurting or offending anybody. We wish you to have enjoyable at our occasions, and we wish everybody to really feel welcome. We’re proud to be a part of an enormous and various neighborhood, and I’m proud that so many points of the neighborhood are represented inside Blizzard itself.
As a frontrunner of Blizzard, and a member of the band, I actually hope you’ll settle for my humblest apology.
– Mike Morhaime President, Blizzard Leisure
The change was made in Patch 9.1.5, as reported by Wowhead. The character will stay within the recreation, however will now be often known as Annihilator Grek’lor.
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