Canadian ex-pat California resident Holly “Windstalker” Longdale has always had a flair for the dramatic. During her long tenure at SOE/Daybreak/Darkpaw Games she’s been a much appreciated force of nature and an enthusiastic spokesperson for the geriatric EverQuest franchise. She’s since left Darkpaw Games and is now in charge of producing World of Warcraft: Classic.
A few weeks ago a lavishly produced promotional video was released that heralds the now released first expansion for Word of Warcraft: Classic — the Burning Crusade. This video is similar in theme to the Classic launch promo spot released in 2020. The spot features an Usher look-alike singing a medievalesque bard song. I had no idea that black people were bards in medieval times.
Holly has a small role as a woman celebrating the humiliation of an old white man who’s locked in a stock — a medieval form of physical punishment for small crimes. Imagine the outrage that would ensue if a minority, or women of any color, or God forbid a LGBTQ humanoid was locked in the stocks and ridiculed?
Here’s the video cued at the moment when aspiring thespian Holly makes her brief appearance:
The video has a racially diverse cast that seems to go out of its way to showcase blacks and Asians. Both of these real world races have been officially retconned into the newly woke Alliance as both playable characters and NPCs. There can be no doubt that Blizzard’s hand-picked diversity and inclusion committee were behind most of the casting decisions. With the exception of Holly, a minor role played by WoW producer John Hight, and a guest spot by unhinged blabbermouth leftist actor Ron Pearlman, most of the white people in the video are relegated to non-important roles such as peasants, vagrants, and criminals. No white privilege in Azeroth!
Thankfully missing are Blizzard employees playing drag queens and flamboyant homosexuals; perhaps they will be included in a future Wrath of the Lich King promo in an underground Dalaran cabaret or bath house. I’m sure woke Blizzard devs Steve Danuser and Johnny Cash are hard at work on this vitally important task as we speak.
In a time of financial austerity and layoffs at Activision-Blizzard, wasting money on a foolish promo video while their employees are paid below industry standard wages seems like an extravagance but it’s good work if you can get it. We wish Holly all the best of luck with her acting career. If Blizzard continues to hemorrhage subscribers to Final Fantasy XIV MMORPG she may end up out of a job and her acting abilities may be very useful indeed.