Michele Morrow calls out BlizzCon gender pay inequality

Michele Morrow, one of the most recognizable faces in gaming thanks to her long career as a show host and actress and World of Warcraft player, has seemingly accused BlizzCon organizers of gender discrimination when it comes to BlizzCon hosting pay. Morrow has hosted Blizzard’s outrageously popular annual convention since 2014, last year with Geoff Keighley Alex Albrecht and Malik Forte. As she began on Twitter,

“Glad the #GoldenGlobes are calling out discrimination. I’d like to point out gender & POC pay disparity happens in gaming, too. This has happened to me. Has it happened to you?”

She followed up her statements by referring to her treatment by BlizzCon organizers specifically, suggesting that she didn’t know ahead of BlizzCon 2017 that she had been paid less than her male co-hosts.

“Hopefully someone will care & finally respond to my email regarding the situation to remedy it,” she writes. “This has nothing to do with any of my colleagues and 100% to do with those who hire.”

We reached out to Blizzard for comment earlier this morning and will update when we hear back.

Source: Twitter
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Pedge Jameson

I usually stay on the fence with the crusades back and forth.
But she did work for Blizzard, probably more than some silicon valley bro-dude photoshopping gnome ta-tas.
Pay her. End of story.

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CasualSlacks

Lot of comments here for so little available information.

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mysecretid

I believe in equal pay for equal work, no matter who you are.

That said, I find the details given on this particular case a little unclear (so far), in terms of who was hired in what capacity, and who actually did what in terms of work expected — so, my initial opinion above is the only one I’m prepared to offer at this time.

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Alex Malone

Not enough information to make any sort of judgement call on this one.

What was her pay versus that of her male counterparts?
Was she contracted for the exact same work as her male counterparts?
What is her job performance like compared to her counterparts?

Gender discrimination sucks, we all know it’s wrong, but to throw something like this out there without adequate information to back it up is just asking for trouble.

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van_glorious

See post, 13 comments. Come back one day later, 217. Sweet cheese and rice

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Celestia

Could really use a block function in the new comment software.

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Utakata

I never find conversations on sexism entertaining though. I am told it’s best served with a large tumbler of the hard stuff after it’s done instead. :(

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Duey Bear

I have never heard of this woman. Apparently, she was in a few episodes of Alias. I’m sure she is talented, but I would have to compare her resume to her co-hosts to see whether the pay was difference was justified, because yes reputation and fame factors into someone’s value, someone like Madonna would absolutely be paid more than any B-list celeb (and most A-list for that matter regardless of their genitals.)

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Grimmtooth

Would it have killed you to look up her IMDB entry before commenting?

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Mewmew

Apparently you live under a rock. Because you don’t personally know about someones accomplishments must mean they don’t have many.

As Grimmtooth said, you could have taken two seconds to look up her name on IMDB before embarassing yourself.

There was a reason she was hired, and it wasn’t because she did a few episodes of Alias in 2006. You *really* should have known better, as much as it doesn’t surprise me that people choose ignorance over two seconds worth of “work”.

Here I’ll make it easier for you:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1310789/

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Antheriel

Bree, I am truly sorry for the amount of bullshit you have to put up with in the comments every time you post anything about sexism or social issues in gaming. You’re doing a good job and I appreciate it.

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Sushi Maru

Differing opinions is something everyone should be able to handle like adults. I’m very certain anyone who posted this type of article is expecting differing opinions.

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Utakata

…not sure where you getting this though. But if opinions are ignorant and childish, then the proper thing to do as adults is to send them to the corner? o.O

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Mewmew

Yes, different opinions are fine, insults, ingorance and in your face prejudice and sexism during thos opinions not so much. There are ways to discuss things without them devolving into angry children hurling poo at each other. There’s no reason to feel that opinions given in such a manner should be accepted or given any recognition.

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Utakata

Yep, everyone is entitled to their opinions…does not mean we have to accept every opinion as valid. Being the adult is know that difference. :)

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Mewmew

On the Internet you get many crazy angry ignorant enraged male responses whenever you speak of gender inequality in any medium. Of course there are a lot that understand and agree, but those that don’t often take things too far the other way. They don’t have valid debate points and so they just spew anger and hostility.

For many years I used to fight and debate for gender equality in online games and games meant for “everybody”. It’s one of the reasons I ended up lowering my real life online profile in time and became more anonymous (not the only reason but one of the reasons I first did). People get incredibly angry over the subject.

It gets way too serious from people who don’t think things should be any different than they are. People turn to death threats and say horrible terrible things about you because you’re fighting for an equality change.

I’m not going to go down and read all the comments here because I can’t deal with the few I’ve already read. It makes me want to get into the debate and reply but it’s draining. I’ll support those fighting and do a bit of resistence still but I’m quite worn out from the hostility and ignorance after years of it.

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Joshua Wells

You know why there is no such thing as a pay gap? Because if there was, women would be hired to do everything.

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Dobablo

Or there is such a thing as a gender pay gap because reasons prevent women from getting the higher paid jobs.