world of warcraft’s lore is literally a worthless amalgamation of shitty clichés and normalized sexism, racism, homophobia and misogyny whose status quo is protected over and over by its pwecious male developers as “not wanting to make a statement”
its lore is shitty and nonsensica and literally an anglo-saxon fantasy about white and white-centric races murdering “savage” races (who coincidentally draw significant influence from tribal/indigenous cultural stereotypes) in which the lore deigns to almost exclusively acknowledge and glorify straight white male characters (or characters who champion traditionally white imperialist ideals)
see: arthas’ circlejerk, varian’s “redemption”
poc characters in the world of warcraft universe are almost exclusively villainous in nature. the black dragonflight’s human forms are dark-skinned with the exception of onyxia, because i guess poc women don’t exist. trolls are a hysterically racist caricature and die all the time. the high elves slaughtered them to establish an empire, the humans killed them, and now we’re killing them too. we have actually never had an expansion to date where we did not, at some point or another, slaughter trolls.
non-straight characters exist only in the realm of fringe npcs, fan speculation, and derisive gendernormative humour about how “feminine” the elves are. comparatively, several other mmos on the market feature confirmed non-straight characters
despite a supposed “equality” between men and women of almost every race in the franchise, prominent female characters are always sidelined for their male counterparts. tyrande whisperwind is suddenly joint ruling the matriarchal night elves with her husband who has done nothing but demean her and generally be useless? someone explain to me how varian wrynn is a better military planner than tyrande whisperwind. shoutout to jaina proudmoore character assassination. most female characters can be placed into at least one of three categories by general fan opinion: “bitch,” pregnant,” or “who is that?” if you add “dead” to that list, you pretty much cannot win the game
the point of this rant- and there is a point- is that marginalized groups in world of warcraft lore literally only exist to be mocked or to have a caricature of them appear as a race to butcher and-or ostracize. blizzard has proven to the playerbase time and time again they have absolutely 0 intention of providing anything even vaguely akin to real, respectable representation, period. the burden can literally only be entrusted to the rp community to provide good, believable, and positive minority characters
"but the lore-"
if the lore is shitty, unapologetically misogynistic (while pretending to be otherwise), homophobic, racist and generally disgusting, fuck the lore
if the lore unwrites marginalized characters or reduces their role to “sidekick for the straight white male powerfantasy”, fuck the lore
if the lore reduces non-white cultures to “strange and possibly savage” stereotypes predominantly to give the players things to kill, fuck the lore
if the lore refuses to provide positive minority characters and you can to do so while literally affecting no one else’s public rp, fuck the lore
i don’t know how much simpler i can make it than that
ALL OF THIS. ERRY DAY AND TWICE ON SUNDAY.
This is what I have been angry about approximately since Memorial Day.