World of Warcraft’s Leeroy Jenkins crew reflect on the viral hit

    
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Just about everyone who plays MMOs knows who Leeroy Jenkins is. Becoming a star overnight, Leeroy Jenkins was the central character of a 2005 World of Warcraft video in which a group of players were attempting to clear out the Rookery in Upper Blackrock Spire. After a period of talky preparations, Leeroy abruptly shouts his name and charges in, triggering all of the baby dragons and wiping the group.

The whole affair was staged, as people gradually found out, but the internet found it hilarious and cemented it as a meme. Since then, the Leeroy Jenkins crew has enjoyed a modicum of popularity and were amazed as anyone else that the video went viral.

“We didn’t think anyone would believe it was real, we thought it was so obviously satire,” video creator Ben Vinson told Kotaku, “but we were wrong. We had simply run that dungeon way too many times with pick up players who trampled over those eggs and caused wipes. We were like, ‘What if there was a guild who just couldn’t get past those eggs despite their best efforts?’ We imagined the designers at Blizzard sitting around scheming, ‘They’ll never get past the eggs!’ When literally all you had to do was not step on them. It was just mind boggling how incompetent people became in that room.”

Source: Kotaku
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Kevin Smith

When I get tired of people talking to much in groups in WoW I switch my title to Jenkins and scream Leroy. The group usually laughs and gets the picture, if not I just head on in, thing is that I am the tank so they have to follow me anyway.

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Castagere Shaikura

This was funny way back then. But my favorite was the guy screaming for more dots.

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Bryan Correll

MINUS 50 DKP!

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Armsman


;0

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Castagere Shaikura

LOL i remember doing a group run with my guild in lotro and we were all on team speak and my friend played it and we almost wiped from laughing so hard.

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krieglich

Oh boy. Let’s sit at the fire and listen to the story from ancient times. AGAIN.

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Minimalistway

Or you could read the title, ignore the post, save your time.

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Gen'Challa ?

The thing that bugs me about ‘Leeroy Jenkins’ is that in all the interviews that this guy does, no one ever seems to call him out on the fact his creation is a racist caricature.

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wat

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Hurbster

Yeah, Leroy is French in origin as far as I know.

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wat

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Hurbster

By that I mean I am finding it difficult to understand how it can be racist.

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deekay_plus

yeah i know. we discussed it in discord and someone said the first time they saw the video he was saying the n word but we generally agreed that even if someone misheard that that’s on the viewer not on the creator.

so we’re back to square one on what is supposed to be racist about it lol

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Gen'Challa ?

I’ll assume you’re ignorant of US racial tropes and stereotypes, then.
The name ‘Leeroy’ is stereotypically associated with African-Americans, as is a love of fried chicken.

And lest you think it’s an accident, this article makes it clear that the racism was fully intentional on the part of the creator:

“One forty-ounce-malt-liquor-fueled night when he was getting his electrical-engineering degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Ben and his friends decided to create the most culturally inappropriate character names imaginable for a bunch of white guys playing video games. Out of Ben’s inebriated mouth tumbled “Leeroy Jenkins,” a moniker so amusing that he decided to use it for his characters in assorted games — and, ultimately, World of Warcraft. “

http://www.westword.com/news/the-legend-of-leeroy-jenkins-5091880

The character, his name, his dim-witted antics, his love of chicken – even the stupid way he yells out his own name: they’re all racist stereotypes.

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Chosenxeno .

They know what’s going on. Jamal and Abdul are largely Black names in the U.S. as well.

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Bývörðæįr mòr Vas´Ðrakken

pretty sure it more southern hilly billy than racist. look up how zztop sounds despite being metal to rockibe music. There are a lot of fake southern accents but the truth is driving through alabma and some of the other sourthern states you hear that actually accent and the people don’t think it is weird until they visit the north east where people simply speak faster and tend to click words short instead of rolling them off the tounge. It is a dialect.

Honestly it is more offensive to see people using names that are culturally significant to try and blend in without understanding the names are names of heroes. Like Sinéad it is Gaelic for jenny yet if you ask someone where it comes from? A one point in the usa very recent history you could not use a name if it was not in your family bible. That statue was lost during our civil war because grifters simply murdered people in their homes and stole the bibles so that when the war was over they simply moved into places they murder the people and took their stuff.

So if eating some kfc and drinking beer is racist, what eft is wrong with you. Now if you say some people only do that, it is different story.

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Bryan Correll

A one point in the usa very recent history you could not use a name if it was not in your family bible.

Say what?

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Bývörðæįr mòr Vas´Ðrakken

Honestly I have visit a public library or drive to one of the school I took law course with to find the old state and federal immigration acts and state and federal statues but basically before the civil war, there were a bunch of laws that were designed to protect people from slander. The problem with them was that one the family bibles were in the people’s control that used the names, and two during the civil war carpet baggers went all over the area impacted by the war murdered people and looted their houses and land surrounding it then sold the families bibles, until the convection of creating a new name. Some of the bibles were not even old bibles simply bibles created for immigrants that exceeded the amounts of people from one country or another that broke the immigration laws. The states laws about what you can or can not name yourself or children all were established prior to taking the old laws off the books. That said you still can not name your child in any state of the united states of America anything that infringes an existing companies name or any trademarks that are considered valid. Good example is solheim golf, the people that created it were aussie from queensland, au, and it cost my relatives about two hundred thousand to defend their trademark in court despite being a registered trade mark from 1978 on, and the name of a countries capital. The jury of americans decided five thousand a month in damages for every month they used it, per person using it, and they were barred from ever using it again. I am lucky if they make more than a token payment to any of the people of Oslo, Norway and a couple of them end up in court over fraud using it on legal documents but to enforce the original jury ruling means fifty dollars to file a tort case then paying attorneys to sit the case until a jury finds a verdict. So we tell them no, and when the cops fell like enforcing the restriction they enforce it. But legally in the usa each state has different naming laws that all have to met the federal naming laws. What those are requires a law library. To see what is still a valid statue or act.

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Bryan Correll

I seriously think you must have learned everything you think you know about US law and history from a crazy man on a street corner.

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Armsbend

Everything you typed is really uninformed and silly.

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deekay_plus

lol ok.

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zoward

Leroy is French (“le roi” = “the king”).

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notebene

Came out here to say this. Saw it was said. Gave a thumb. Carry on.

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Minimalistway

Can you point out where is the racism here? i’m confused.

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Knox Harrington

He was grandfathered in because he made it back before everyone got triggered over every little thing

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Chosenxeno .

That whole Guild was basically one big “Pretend to be Black Frat Party”. You will trigger a lot of people but I always thought it was pretty ridiculous and pretty obvious what this guy was doing. There’s guys rocking “Jamal” and “Abdul” as their names ffs….

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Gen'Challa ?

Yeah, all of the characters in the guild (including Leeroy) were dark-skinned as well.

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Stardager

I dont even know why u tired to have this conversation with gamers. kudos to you and I know it was exhausting but keep doing the good work.

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Loopy

Stereotypical*

Racism is hating on a particular race, stereotyping is assigning tropes to an identifiable group of people.

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Gen'Challa ?

Perpetuating stereotypes is a form of racism. http://racist-stereotypes.com/

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Loopy

All racists stereotype. Not all stereotyping is racist.

Let’s be real here and not take away from actual racism by slapping the label on everything remotely associated with race.

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Gen'Challa ?

I’m trying to understand what argument you’re making here.

Are you trying to say that a white guy making a dark-skinned character named ‘Leeroy” who loves chicken and embodies negative stereotypes about African-Americans is NOT racism?

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Loopy

Yes. He’s stereotyping the black culture, and not promoting or inciting hate or violence towards it.

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Gen'Challa ?

I genuinely have no idea how to respond to this – I can’t tell if you’re making a bad-faith argument or if you’re actually genuinely ignorant about how perpetuating stereotypes promotes hate and violence.

Either way, I think I’m done here.

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(and if you really are arguing out of ignorance, I’d highly suggest you enlighten yourself – the link I provided a couple of posts past is a great (and easy!) jumping off point for self-education)

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Loopy

Listen, i think we simply disagree on this one.

I never stated that stereotypes are not negative nor that they they have no impact, but i simply cannot equate a joke in poor taste with bona fide racism, and i’m not sure why you’re quick to jump to that label.

You know what’s real racism? The systemic one that’s stopping people of colour or certain religion from getting a job or education, or the one that’s getting people killed by police for no reason, or the one that’s getting members of certain cultural groups killed by racist ideologists in churches, or the one that’s marching in cities under nazi symbols while chanting death to blacks, or the one that dresses up in bed sheets and burns crosses?

Are you seriously equating real racism to a group of people calling their characters Jamal and Leeroy while trying to be edgy in college?

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Bruno Brito

If that was the case, even Chris Rock or Dave Chapelle would be considered racists for perpetuating such stereotypes.

That’s not how it works. Culture stereotyping isn’t a issue if there’s no inherent violent/segregationism to it.

We really should stop these false dicotomies. Nothing is black or white.

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bring back nightmares of pugging in tbc that made the video completely believable. lol