Cannibal Corpse vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher’s “World Of Warcraft” NPC, “Gorge The Corpsegrinder,” has had its name changed to “Annihilator Grek’lor.” This news comes after fans of the game wanted to get the character removed due to past homophobic slurs Fisher used in a 2007 interview while discussing certain fictitious species in the game. Those comments also resurfaced during the 2011 “BlizzCon” and led Blizzard Entertainment co-founder and president Michael Morhaime to issue an apology.
This news comes after Blizzard Entertainment and Activision were previously facing legal action due to harassment and discrimination. This includes a lawsuit that was filed by the California Department Of Fair Employment And Housing, which said the following:
“Defendants’ ‘frat boy’ culture is a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women. Female employees are subjected to constant sexual harassment and discrimination against women. Female employees are subjected to constant sexual harassment, including having to continually fend off unwanted sexual commented and advances made by their male co-workers and supervisors and being groped at the ‘cube crawls’ and other company events.
High-ranking executives and creators engaged in blatant sexual harassment without repercussions. In a particularly tragic example, a female employee committed suicide during a business trip with a male supervisor who had brought butt plugs and lubricant with him on the trip.”
The lawsuit has resulted in developers making changes or removing creations and characters related to those allegations.
[via The PRP]