Look, I get why people are mad at Blizzard and I had lower expectations than them a long time ago, so not surprised by what they did. I also don’t play any of their games right now anyway, so I can’t boycott my non playing. Of course, there are some other voices out there that are not necessarily pro-Blizzard but trying to make some sense of it all and share different sides. It’s all over BlogNation these days.
Here is a video, I think it is a comedic clip, but it’s still kind of funny (even if it isn’t meant to be a comedy. The perfect aged cisgender white male argument!).
It’s not great quality but still has some “truths” to it.
The people boycotting have good intentions. But the interlinked-ness of China and our world is so close, that to truly boycott them means an awful lot of other things you would have to stop using / doing, lest you be just the same as Blizzard (or worse).
The computer I am typing on is built in China. So are much of the parts. The screen I am looking at is as well. So is my phone (or parts of it), where I will read all the hate posts later on too. Basically, our electronic world is China driven. Among other things (car parts, furniture, you name it). Heck, I think they even own some parts of some utilities over here in North America.
Boycotting Blizzard when every piece of electronics in your house and your life is touched by China in one way or another is, whats the word, a bit hypocritical? So the anger is a bit convenient. People are mad at Blizzard for not standing up to a human rights abuser, while using products and services generated from the same source.
I’m not saying don’t not boycott Blizzard, because that makes for a fun grammar sentence. But if you truly believe in the principle of it all we should also examine and explore further how our personal choices support the regime, not just how the companies that we support support them.
And this goes for other causes, environment, political, etc. It’s easy to lash out, hard to look at what we ourselves are falling short at.