Call of a Siren
Does misogyny in modern competitive gaming exist? Well, this whole Team Siren spiel will forever be a good case to analyze.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the “League of Legends” scene, Team Siren was an aspiring, competitive League of Legends team comprised entirely of female gamers. As the promotional video above states, “The First All-Female League of Legends Team.”
However, as quickly as all of this began, the team has already disbanded. Team Siren is no more.
Of course, this was all to be expected due to what the promotional video was trying to portray. The video, with its movie trailer-esque presentation, clearly above-average production values and dramatic tone, received quite a bit of flak from the entire League of Legends community. LoL players bombarded the promo vid with a ton of dislikes on YouTube.
For the past few weeks, it was a common sight to see players quoting the video with complete sarcasm, using lines like:
“I’m a Siren.”
Here we go again.
Are modern journalists losing their ability to walk on eggshells when the situation calls for it, especially with recent controversial events? What happened to getting the facts straight?
But in the person’s defense, it was technically an honest mistake. A lot of Asian countries do use the surnames first, and not many people realize that Korean names often have “parts” to them. Regardless, poor judgment is poor judgment no matter how you want to look at it.
Do not let the CollegeHumor icon in the bottom corner fool you – this was in fact a real headline for ESPN.com, which was quickly taken down once the network realized how offensive the pun was to Asian-Americans. Unless people have been living under a rock, sports fans from all walks of life have been proudly stricken with LINSANITY for the Asian sensation that is Jeremy Lin.
When I come across stories like this, I cannot help but get upset.
As I was trying to crank out more pages for my comic book script, I realized I had specific ethnicities in mind for some characters. To a certain extent, part of me wanted to justify that certain races are underrepresented out there, and it was kind of like I was doing an ethnic group a favor by showcasing them. However, then I started to think about how so many things pursue “diversity” for the mere sake of it.
It made me start to think about how TV shows usually incorporate the “token” minority for its cast of characters. I then started to ponder how so many different things, at least in America, try to have “diversity” in some way (I can’t remember how many times I heard how Obama was going to be the first black president during the presidential elections). Is this right or wrong? It’s honestly a difficult thing to say, but it’s something I have noticed for a long time.