EVE Online player disqualified from CSM elections due to racist comments

    
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They say that the internet never forgets, so if you are planning to run for a player council in a popular online game, you should check to see if you have shot your mouth off in the past.

This lesson is being learned this week by Creecher Virpio, an EVE Online player who was running an election to become one of the next members of the game’s Council of Stellar Management. We say “was,” because extremely racist comments attributed to the player were unearthed from over a half-year ago.

In response to this revelation, CCP announced that Creecher was to be disqualified: “We have decided to exercise our discretion to remove candidate Creecher Virpio from the ballot in accordance with our internal guidelines due to chat logs which surfaced recently and would have resulted in exclusion during the background check period.”

For his part, Creecher posted an apology to the community for his comments and promised to do better while urging other players to do the same. “The unfortunate truth is that casual racism and edginess are all too rampant in our community,” he said. “I’m not sure how it happened, but at some point words that used to draw gasp are now commonplace in memes, conversation, and discourse, and we have all as a community been desensitized to them.”

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Bruno Brito

“The unfortunate truth is that casual racism and edginess are all too rampant in our community,” he said. “I’m not sure how it happened, but at some point words that used to draw gasp are now commonplace in memes, conversation, and discourse, and we have all as a community been desensitized to them.”

Never seen a “I” in this. He’s clearly distancing himself from the issue.

While yea, he apologized and said he’s trying to do better, which i’m a fan of, accept your punishment and go for the next being a better person, the fact that he’s trying to over-analyze this stuff and even trying to give a lesson to anyone is nothing short of funny.

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Fred Douglas

God the Eve community is a cesspool amongst the cesspools that are MMO communities at large.

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ghostlight

I used to think the Eve community was the absolute worst until Start Citizen came along.

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Galactrix

Maybe he was on Ambien. /s ?

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Brown Jenkin

A) Good
B) “Extremely racist comments attributed to the player were unearthed from over a half-year ago” …half a year ago isn’t that long ago for racist vitriol
C) There’s lots of truth to his apology, gamers have always sort of joked about being the worst but somewhere along the line people stopped laughing. It sucks a ton to see one of my favorite hobbies filled with bigoted idiots.

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PurpleCopper

why would you publicly say that kind of racist stuff if you plan for running for office? Doesn’t he know that the media and people with an axe to grind will do some oppo research and air out his dirty laundry for all to see?

This is like basic Politics 101, man.

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Sushi Maru

If anyone took the time to actually read what he wrote, contextually it is evident the word was not said in a racist manner. There was nothing race related in what he said. Now I’m not defending his use of a word, a word is a word and its power comes from how it is used, people can judge for themselves.

But I will defend there is no evidence that this person is actually a racist. People accuse others of that far to much (so much that it has really lost all of it’s weight) these days. Everyone could find issue with Everyone if we traced back every utterance a person made since you started talking. What is important is finding out the type of person you are now (sure past speech factors into that, but random words stated at single points in time is far from condemning)

Again I’m not defending this guy, I have zero clue who he is…just reacting to yet another claim of racism.

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Utakata

…right! The parrot is just resting!

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Utakata

PS: Thanks for the clean up below, Ms. Bree. My pigtails where getting sorely tempted to swat a fly. :(

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Vexia

Words have meanings and you don’t get to single-handedly defang one of America’s most notorious racial slurs in one MMO blog comment. Yes, it really is racist for him to use that word.

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Yeah, I have to disagree with you here. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that there are certain words, so tainted and corrupted in the larger cultural memory that use of them … in any context … shows a casual racism and blatant disregard for culturally acceptable phrases.

When you look at any racist term, it functions as an insult explicitly because of that historical negative connotation. It dehumanizes the subject of the insult explicitly because that’s what the original intent of the word was. You can’t abstract out the reason it’s an insult, claiming “oh no, it’s different because reasons. ”

The world doesn’t work that, nor should it.

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kgptzac

I actually read what he wrote, and it looks to me that you are defending people’s right to casually be racist and not face the consequences. Sure, here in America there are some groups that are way more open about their racist belief, and express it in a way that should draw way more condemnation than this guy, but it doesn’t make him not a racist.

So yeah, there’s very obvious evidence that this person is a racist: he used the n-word which could perfectly be substituted with words like “moron”, “asshole”, so it won’t sound racist. Or he could substitute with word “gay”, and it will make him sound like a homophobe.

And I am glad that the Internet never forgets for this specific type of scenarios.

Now maybe you should take a look at your daily dictions and ask yourself why exactly do you need to defend the act of desensitizing derogative names of groups and use them in your daily cursing.

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CMDR ShrunkenQuasar

“But I will defend there is no evidence that this person is actually a racist.”

Except for, you know, the racist epithet he tossed around.

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cazamar

I agree. It is a terrible word, but lets not overstate things. Many blacks throw it around constantly and not to mention the plethora of rap songs that say it a hundred times. It is a terrible word that should not be said but yet it is said by those it insults. I always found that to be kind of dumb.

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Bruno Brito

I’m not saying he hates people based on race.

He wasn’t banned.

He wasn’t muted.

He got a due punishment for a political position because he did a completely anti-political thing.

It’s pretty fitting, if you ask me.

And no, i’m sorry, that’s not how it works. You can’t just say bad stuff just because other morons say. That’s not a excuse. SPECIALLY if you wanna run for any office whatsoever.

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Darthbawl

So… Was he hoping no one would notice that he said whatever it was back then? Or that everyone would simply forgive him and move on? Or did he truly forget he spewed racist comments out of his pie hole?

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NeoWolf

Ah the accidentally racist its not me its just part of casual conversation, I didn’t even realise I was doing it excuse..

And yet the sad reality is not a single solitary word leaves our mouths or written word our fingertips that did not pass through the filter that is our brain FIRST, before it got put into the world. Maybe make USE of that grey matter first and the problem won’t occur ;)

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Ashfyn Ninegold

“The unfortunate truth is that casual racism and edginess are all too rampant in our community,” [Creecher Virpio] said. “I’m not sure how it happened, but at some point words that used to draw gasp are now commonplace in memes, conversation, and discourse, and we have all as a community been desensitized to them.”

+1

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Armsman

I know how it happened: The idiot got on his PC and typed in a racist remark and hit post/send. There’s no such thing as ‘casual racism’.

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TheDonDude

I cannot tell you how much I want to compare this to real world politics.

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UpayaBlossom

I am beginning to think the United States needs to adopt this future-Icelandic CSM style of governance.

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Sushi Maru

((Deleted by mod. Nice try but no.))

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Utakata

I guess you missed the part where he admitted it. But it seems to b a more “US thing” to deny it and dig in even when all the evidence implicates the person saying it. Not unlike what you seem to be doing now. Just saying.

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UpayaBlossom

Is that what you think happened? It was uncovered that he was racist, and rightfully removed from the running for CSM by CCP who are 100% within their right to enforce minimal base standards of decency like asking that representatives not be racist.

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CMDR ShrunkenQuasar

Hey now, you all need to be nicer to Sushi Maru. What that CSM dude said was totally not racist because Sushi says so, and it’s just unfair that he has to face the music after admitting he said something racist.

Why do you guys have to be so damn politically correct waaaaaaah!