I know I'm a newish member here who hasn't posted in the past, but I think something we all share as gay gamers is our disappointment at those who view us as less than our straight friends and neighbors. The passage of Proposition 8 in California as well as other constitutional bans on equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples signifies how easy it is for some people to view us all in the abstract, not as regular people going about their own lives.
As we rise up around the country to protest the passage of discrimination, we're also punishing people who contributed economically toward our second-class citizenship.
Meet Justin Kunz. He's a well-paid artist at Activision-Blizzard. He creates artwork for World of Warcraft. He also donated $5000 to Yes on 8
. Not only that, he posted this in his blog
We ought to all have the moral courage to identify immoral behavior for what it is. Marriage between a man and a woman is natural, instinctive, moral, and healthy. Any other form of sexual union is unnatural, abnormal, unhealthy, and morally wrong. By what standard of morality can any other argument be made?
I reject the theory that homosexuals are hard-wired or “born that way”. We all have tendencies we need to learn to control. Most heterosexual men I know, including the very best, find they are naturally born with instincts that don’t lend themselves easily to monogamy. You could say we men are born to be promiscuous, and if we abandoned ourselves to those instincts instead of controlling them by our conscious will, our conscience, and our moral judgment, a larger number of us probably would be promiscuous.
But we expect men to behave better than that in a civilized society, because we know men can. Self-control is a major part of what makes us human, not laboratory rats. Homosexuals ought to be held to the same standard as heterosexuals, instead of being the only class who gets a free pass to act immorally because our society has been conditioned to believe that they just can’t help themselves.
Well, okay. He has an opinion. He has an opinion that is demeaning and disrespectful toward us all. What does that have to do with WoW?
It's true that Blizzard can't be held responsible for the content of it's employee's blog, but it's also true that Blizzard has not gone on record rejecting the views endorsed there either. Since Kunz has mixed Blizzard press releases with Blizzard artwork with his unfortunate opinions about us all, I think the least we could do is email Blizzard registering our unhappiness with the mixed messages coming out of his blog and ask as customers and gay gamers that they officially reject any association between their company and Mr. Kunz's views.
I'm not a p.r. savvy person, so I don't know how to get the word out. I found a couple emails by searching "*@blizzard.com"
These people might be a good start
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Lisa Jensen, Global PR Director, 949-854-6200
Shon Damron, PR Manager, 949-854-5100
Bob Colayco, Associate PR Manager, 949-955-1380, x2528
Everyone's entitled to an opinion, but we're also entitled as a minority community to be vocal and react where we feel harm's been done. Thanks for listening.