Sessler's Soapbox: Adam Calls Infinity Ward Out

Posted: November 4, 2009
Sessler's Soapbox: Adam Calls Infinity Ward Out

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  • thegreatiandi

    Interesting this is. I just got home...a little put off tonight anyway because of what just occurred to me. Leaving a local gym that i work at..i was confronted by a few individuals who asked me if the tapout shirt i was wearing was because i fight. As i tossed my bag into my truck, that has my tap out sticker on it ( and another sticker that says Local fighter underneath it ), i replied with a yes. Two of the young men began to ask me where i trained, and how is it being a local fighter out of Las Vegas. As i answered, giving my information as sparingly as i could, i noticed the outfits of said young men. Very hip hop orientated clothing i gathered. So as the conversation fell into talk of fighters, and places to train, one of the more ignorant young mean finally opened his largest cranial orifice to say what would later be described as a bad choice of words. As he ran head long into his " urban " talk, he opted for calling a good friend of mine Kevin ( know to most as Kimbo ), as one crazy Ni$$a. Now obviously this was something that he and his band of friends used between themselves, and found that in the dimly lit room of there mothers house, there was an awesome felling of belonging. That while listening to the latest JayZ cd together, they could form guns with there thumb, index and middle finger, and feel as empowered as the New York born rapper his self. However, tonight would be the lesson that was obviously hadn't been realized before or after there 24th birthday. What is that lesson i ask you? Watch your mouth? No. Make sure to only use derogatory terms within the comfort of your friends/family? No. Hate full terms are only offensive...if it offends someone? Nope. Although these are lessons as well, these are not the one of which i speak. The lesson i allude to is, " offensive terms shouldn't be used by anyone ". EVER. You see my online friends, perception is 100%. That means that if what ever you say is preserved as offensive and hurtful, then it " IS " offensive and hurtful. After the word was uttered by said individual, the group of men looked as if someone had just handed them a guilty verdict in a trail for murder. I grabbed the gentleman by his collar ( prepared for what we call in jiu jitsu, a collar choke ) and asked him to please repeat said racial epithet...but was denied the five letter word by what can only be described as his common sense finally bubbling to the surface. After a slew of " im sorry ", and " i didn't mean it that ways "....i just pulled this visibly shaken man close to me. I needed to whisper something to him. " I want you to remember this night, and how things could have gone ". Then i let him go..with a gentle hip toss to the ground. Now maybe when he goes home tonight, and jumps on his Xboxlive..he may be a bit more careful about what words he uses. Maybe not. But i can bet you that Infinity Ward was more cautious about theirs. Because using the N word would have been an issue that would haunt there sales down to the last coin. But dropping f*g was safer? Really? This was truly the only COD i was interested in buying. And i will not now. Will i be missing out on a great game? I'm sure. But if Hitler made Left 4 Dead, i wouldn't have played that either.

    One Angry Gamer

    Posted: November 7, 2009 10:55 PM
  • Thunderjet

    You guys talking about how Adam is so sensitive just don't get it do you? Have any of you ever dealt with racism in a real life situation? As others have said there are many people who have gone through racism where violence was involved. So for anyone to say just deal with it is ignorant. It's this kind of desensitizing that is wrong with our society. What may mean nothing to you may cut DEEP for someone else. The bottom line is there are people who have been through some horrific experiences that many of you will never go through in a lifetime.

    So you better thank the Almighty Lord for your fortunate life....not to use the freedom or fortunate life you have to abuse others and to tell others to just deal with it. That's just ignorant and ya know what....it's WRONG! Stop it! Tell ya what? I'll be honest. I don't understand homosexuality and just don't agree with it. But ya know what else? They are human beings and for that reason alone they will gain my respect even if I don't agree with their orientation.

    By the way....rock on Adam. Rock on!! I agree with everything you said in this video and it's worth repeating over and over. Being racist and using racial slurs is never cool whether in real life situations or over Xbox live. As for Infinity Ward? I'm surprised and disappointed. But like Adam said I hope something good can come out of this.

    Posted: November 7, 2009 9:29 PM
  • Tyler47

    Dear Drithe, the "f" word is NOT like using the word fattie. There is such a thing as hate crime. I would love to hear you say fattie is the same as the "F" word to someone as he/she gets beaten to death for being gay. I wont even get into the fact that you obviously have no idea what you're talking about. Not the same "PERIOD End of Line."
    Everyone who thinks Adam is overacting, just like he said in the video, that's an easy stance to take when you aren't affected. Plus free speech aside, I would think video game developers would want to avoid using language like that, seeing as it would anger many consumers and make them think twice before purchasing a product of theirs.

    Posted: November 7, 2009 5:55 PM
  • awsome120

    Bravo sessler, bravo

    Posted: November 7, 2009 5:20 PM
  • jwhite9

    Bravo Adam Bravo

    Posted: November 7, 2009 12:34 PM
  • L1V3_2_W1N

    Sessler thanks man to tell you the honest to god truth I am 16 years old and i play call of duty every now and then but definetley getting mw2 @ launch

    thank you for putting it in perspective for me b/c i will tell the truth i do use that word a lot more than I should

    BUT everytime I even think about saying it from now on I am going to think of my idol and what you said and I am sure it will be wiped out of my every day vocabulary before long.

    Posted: November 7, 2009 12:19 PM
  • starclassics

    one additional thing....the shock value of discussing things that are "taboo" is getting really, really old. It's not shocking any more, it's just sad that we've come to this. Everybody is so sensitive....and I can see that a looot of people on here believe in free speech.....whether it's tasteful or not.

    Posted: November 7, 2009 4:21 AM
  • starclassics

    This is what I find completely mesmerizing about these arguments/comments/etc.

    People all over the place are calling each other derogatory names like a**hole, moron, idiot, retarded. I watch Olivia Munn, Perrera, etc dog on people literally everyday on AOTS. I watch on TV people deride people for political views, be it conservative or liberal. I've seen people in relation to this video on other websites, comment and get the joke, yet are turned away by this word. What I don't understand is this:

    WE have so many derogatory terms that aren't "derogatory" anymore. If the acronym had been something to do with a concubine, or had to do with Jesus, do you think anyone would've had a problem with it? I sincerely doubt it. However, since it has to do with a sensitive minority, here we are in a tizzy.

    I'm not defending the use of the slur by any means....everyone knows that word is used in a derogatory manner here in the states. However, the hypocrisy that you demonstrated Adam is mind-numbing. You do realize the curse words used here, along with some of the things uttered out of your mouth, could be considered hate speech, right? You could hold yourself accountable just like you've held the company...and I'm sure you would if you realized the hypocrisy of this situation.

    In any case...not too much of a knock, I think it's wrong....however, if you don't like it, don't buy the game, don't get involved with the company and don't hand them your money. I think, eventually, the word will be used SOOO much, that just like curse words, it will become (if it hasn't already) part of everyday lexicon without repercussions. Distasteful? Of course, but Adam...you're cursing is too. You could very well offend someone with that, a certain group of people, but it doesn't matter, does it?

    just presenting another viewpoint here. Enjoy the posts, keep it up.

    Posted: November 7, 2009 4:15 AM
  • SwordSaint830

    hey adam, you might want to check w/ your own company man. the Video from the Man Show about CCFL totally undercuts your point about sensitivity and GLBT awareness.

    And cuddles. and sunshine.

    Posted: November 7, 2009 4:08 AM
  • friendofbud666

    Man this dude below me is right. When did sodomy become legal.

    Posted: November 7, 2009 1:42 AM
  • Drithe

    I just also would like to point out that saying the 'F" word is the same thing as calling someone a FATTIE. PERIOD.

    End of Line.

    Posted: November 7, 2009 1:02 AM
  • Drithe

    BTW that first sentence I didnt mean to say all people were born black, but born THAT WAY. :)

    Posted: November 7, 2009 12:57 AM
  • Drithe

    Black, white, or indian people are born black. Being gay is a CHOICE THAT MANY PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE OR APPROVE. Regardless of the liberal hype machine that is the news OR FANATICAL GAY MOVEMENT that pushes television. Want to know why 31 states denied gay marriages? The same as the other 19 would do, because 90% of all america does NOT APPROVE!

    Adam Sessler now uses his own work place to taunt his POLITICAL BELIEFS here, pissing on millions of americans who express the FREEDOM OF CHOICE to use a word. I bet Adam doesnt believe in any religion and will NOT USE THE WORDS "MERRY CHRISTMAS" because he believes christianity is an afront. I really wish he would say something on this as well.

    The Gay community has LONG BEEN THE SQUEEKY WHEEL OF AMERICA and 31 states shut them up and stood firm on thier convictions. NOW instead of listening to the squeeky wheel americans are fighting back this FANATICAL GAY MOVEMENT.

    But I will step back for a second. ADAM SESSLER, the way you went about this, promoting HOMOSEXUALITY TO CHILDREN, is the wrong way of doing this. All you had to say was this ....."So and so said some mean words that should not have been said but since they did apologise they should just be more careful." The end.

    But NOOOO you had to make this a political correctness issue for a VERY LIBERAL POINT OF VIEW to offend anyone who doesnt think your way.

    The "Fa" word is a mean word to gays. It is an unpleasent word that shouldnt be used if all possible. But please make no mistake, it is NOT LIKE THE "N" word. Never has and never will. Again. Being GAY IS A CHOICE. Being black is not.

    You have lost alot of respect from people today. But I will say this. You did what you put out exactly to do. Usually there are not alot of posts from your Soapbox. But I see alot of NEW ACCOUNTS have been made to push the gay agenda again. Want to bet most of these guys dont even play games?

    End of Line.

    Posted: November 7, 2009 12:55 AM
  • friendofbud666

    Seriously, when is everyone going to stop being such Nancys, and learn to not take offense to everything. Hey Adam watch the new South Park it will open your tipper gore encrusted eyes. Censor everything so we can take away individuality. Censor just like the Nazi's did right. Maybe we should start holding game burnings because they don't conform to "our ideals" right. Move to a Communist country Adam you might be a little happier. Last time I checked you were the only one who takes offense. What about how your site makes fun of fat people, don't care about them they don't matter as much as a group that can't help but have issues about a word. Remember that old saying sticks and stones...

    Posted: November 7, 2009 12:34 AM
  • smighenns

    Way to call that out sessler that was a topic that needed to be discussed Because there are so many people using that slang and it just gets old and annoying I mean people should come up with something more original than the same crap all the time

    Posted: November 6, 2009 7:28 PM
  • sovietmax

    The only people that are overreacting are the people who think that calling out this kind of idiocy is "infringing on our rights of free speech" or what have you. Get over yourself. Hate speech is what it is, whether it's intentional or not, and I think that it's fortunate that there are people like Adam Sessler to call out the people who deserve it. Go Adam, go!

    Posted: November 6, 2009 7:09 PM
  • speedpower6

    Gr8 as usual, adam, but i felt like i was getting yelled at by my parents... I totally agree. my friend calls everything he (we think it's a she) doesnt agree with "gay". It is annoying and i wanna punch his face in. Rock on Adam!

    Posted: November 6, 2009 6:48 PM
  • Torchman

    Mountain out of a mole hill.
    People getting angry about this are crazy and need to do something with themselves. People these days are LOOKING for crap to get angry about to win some kind of support for their side. People use you head. We all know what this video was about and we all know how it was meant. Lets not get in a frenzy over nothing.

    Posted: November 6, 2009 2:53 PM
  • badgarok725

    jees Adam, you sound like a politician defending everyone nicely. You seem very offended by this. At least someone sticks up for people, i myself do not aprove of gays, but that doesn't mean its unfortunate that a funny video was ruined by the ending

    Posted: November 6, 2009 1:37 PM
  • FadelessSquare

    people did not have to watch the video (but thats not my point)my point is that there are things you should and shouldnt say. now if anyone out there would have made this video nobody would care (yes it would be mean) but its the fact that some big gaming company said it witch made more ofensive to people. no im NOT backing up "iw" but come on im sure they did not mean it the way people are thinking. like if some one said your a f*g now days people dont mean it like omg your gay when they say it. i think people should get over it that infinity ward said some thing like that. MOVE ON PEOPLE

    Posted: November 6, 2009 12:11 PM