ok you know the creepy thing league of legends was doing with their new champion Seraphine where they were having her be the hashtag relatable everyday girl with mental illness on instagram
it's somehow gotten worse! the tale is somehow worse
quoth the article,
My problem with Seraphine is much more personal. My problem with her is that I think she’s based on me.
a picture of the two to compare is below, the article is her detailing other things the character shares with her real life and detailing that she actually had a relationship with a riot employee who was trying to get her to participate in a project etc.
ok after @sunny mentioned it and i was all "oh shit, wonder if anyone wrote any articles on that", i am agog
apparently riot has done this TWICE BEFORE. the just casually using people's likenesses.
which i guess this is a little better because they're at least not as personally connected, they're celebrities, but also, how many times does riot have to get sued for this lesson to stick,,,
@[email protected] you know what is the single worst part about all of this is that it's so obvious throughout this whole post that "John" genuinely thought this would have been a pleasant and flattering thing that anyone would love to have happen to them
@katrani @[email protected] like it's one thing to like be inspired by someone and put a character in based on someone
it's totally different to share personal communications you've had with that person with the company you work for without that person's permission as material to work with for making this "surprise"
@InspectorCaracal @[email protected]
I think the way I was coming at this was "you had a chance to ask, if you liked her so much you should at least have a vague idea how she'd feel, what is wrong with you"
Like it reads to me more as willful ignorance rather than... general ignorance and arrogance? And that always strikes me as worse.
But looking at it this morning I think you're right
@[email protected] it won't stick, the message that riot games has gotten through the entirety of its existence is that people will get mad and yell at them and then give them money anyway
@wigglytuffitout I've never played League of Legends, but I've heard a lot of things about it.
None of them good things, but I've heard a lot of them.
@monsterblue if there's any silver lining in this reporting, it's honestly a bit comforting to see everyone - on masto and otherwise - lining up to go "holy fuck this is SO not okay".
like yeah, riot games is fucked, but the rest of us ain't. and i really hope the author of the piece is getting a huge groundswell of support from this, too.
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