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Corpsegrinder's World of Warcraft Character Renamed Over Past Homophobic Slurs

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A 2007 interview with Cannibal Corpse frontman George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, which has long been blasted for Fisher's use of inappropriate language, has led to a non-playable character (NPC) in World of Warcraft named after Fisher to be rechristened.

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The original interview aired during the annual Blizzcon event in 2011, organized by the game promoters and featured Fisher using homophobic terms to describe other factions in the game. You can watch the video for yourself below. The co-founder of the company, Michael Morhaime, issued an apology at the time, agreeing the comments were out of line but no change was made to the "Gorge the Corpsegrinder" character.

According to The PRP, Blizzard Entertainment, the game's creators and Activision are in the middle of facing harassment and discrimination claims, including a lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and they're trying to clean up their act with changes to the game and their corporate environment. The companies are accused of having "frat boy culture" that is a "breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women."

World of Warcraft fans and players began stirring up support for the character to be renamed since September, according to ThePRP, and the character of Gorge the Corpsegrinder has been renamed to Annihilator Grek’lor.

To be clear, this is a non-playable character in a role-playing game. Also, let's keep in mind the band's name and song contents. Fisher has yet to comment on the matter.

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Not to excuse any comments he made here, which are certainly inappropriate, but this was fourteen years ago and we've since seen a much softer side of Corpsegrinder.

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