They say the internet never forgets. Seven months ago penifSMASH, who is no stranger to controversy, denounced on reddit racist behavior showing how, in his words, “TEST Alliance was harboring white supremacists at the highest levels”:

https://pastebin.com/7XHEy0VT

Creecher Virpio uses the N-word (derogatory term against African-Americans) no less than three times in that conversation. Does TEST support hate speech? Or will Sapporo Jones do the right thing by admonishing the hate speech and kicking him from the alliance?

I guess we will see the true nature of TEST…

The logs in question contained six instances of the n-word being used in game, sometimes in conjunction of adjectives as “turbo” and “stupid”.

Despite gathering over 144 responses back then, the thread seemed to have died down with no other result than deriding comments from TEST alliance members diminishing and in some cases justifying the offensive terms in the conversation.

Well, fast forward to today; it’s election time and you know what that means? Hell yeah; skeleton hunt, no closet is safe! Yesterday we received the news that Council of Stellar Management candidate “Creecher Virpio” was disqualified from the ballot due to improper behavior. Here’s the official CCP Games take:

We have decided to exercise our discretion to remove candidate Creecher Virpio from the ballot in accordance with our internal guidelines due to chat logs which surfaced recently and would have resulted in exclusion during the background check period.

Votes already cast will be transferred to secondary choices according to the design of the Single Transferable Vote system.

On reddit, user xXxCREECHERxXx gave his side of the story:

In regards to the post CCP Guard made recently, I would like to formally apologize to the community as a whole for my behavior. In january of 2016, when I was the CEO of warbois, a friend of our corp awoxed a carrier during our transition out of the alliance. In a personal exchange with him, and an attempt to get him to understand how mad I was about how it made our community look, I grossly overreacted and said things that are indefensible. The unfortunate truth is that casual racism and edginess are all too rampant in our community. I’m not sure how it happened, but at some point words that used to draw gasp are now commonplace in memes, conversation, and discourse, and we have all as a community been desensitized to them. This is a problem, I am not here to defend the things that I said, and you all have my word that I will do my best conduct myself in a manner becoming of someone that you could have been proud to represent you.

As for everyone who voted for me, I thank you for your support and apologize that I will not get to represent your ideas as I had planned to.

We’ll be doing a take on recent bigoted/hateful behavior within the EVE Online community, including some takes from personal experience. For the time being, it’s that time of the year where CSM candidates get to revisit their previous posts, tweets and discord chats just to be safe from being an embarrassment to the game. For trivia’s sake, it is a bit ironic that this is the very same candidate vouching to push for local chat emojis.

– R

26 Comments

  1. sue Abbott

    Everyone makes mistakes and we will still support him he has already said sorry who hasn’t said some think in the heat of the moment.

    like gigX FYI!

    June 9, 2018 at 09:54 Reply
    1. The real Roseanne

      In the heat of the moment I don’t become a racist, it’s a bit like taking an Ambien in that respect.

      Alcohol, drugs annoyance just bring out who you really are but manage to hide most of the time.

      June 9, 2018 at 14:11 Reply
  2. Edward De Cock

    Meh, I dont care really, our entire society is unwrenched with everyone playing the victim role at some point.

    Freedom of speech has become a rather hollow concept.
    Black people are allowed to call each other the “N” word, but when a white person does it, it becomes offensive? That logic is just creating the same problem in the other direction. i dont join in with that “white guilt” syndrome everyone seems to have.

    June 9, 2018 at 10:17 Reply
    1. Noone
      June 9, 2018 at 11:19 Reply
    2. olas

      White privilege, its only a word thats been used for hundreds of hears as a slur against a specific race whilst enslaved by those using it. Looked at with less care than their farm animals. If you cant understand why its not only a word no one should use, but ESPECIALLY white people, then you never will and i hope with all my heart your kids learn better.

      June 9, 2018 at 16:23 Reply
      1. Kaoraku

        Excuse me, but me myself never had a slave. Not a black, a yellow, a white, or any kind of. So then? As a europian I should feel myself guilty couse I have white skin, and somebody else, in another continent, with white sking enslaved somebody, who had black skin a hundred years ago? This is bullshit. And this is only good to make the cleft much more deeper.
        This “white” and “black” irrelevant. There we talk about people, who enslaved other people, and no matter what color they have.

        June 11, 2018 at 12:02 Reply
        1. Cedric Bridge

          To be clear, every European nation and people were involved in the slave trade for multiple decades. And you should Google “white privilege” your comments even thought trying to be defensive define the problem.

          June 14, 2018 at 10:44 Reply
          1. GT

            That is not true for every european country. As a matter of fact, some european countries were enslaved themselves (aka under occupation) while this slave trading was “flourishing”. But to set things in the right perspective, racism is a wider concept that doesn’t have to do just with the slave trade.

            June 20, 2018 at 13:56
  3. Imyormom

    Oh fuck off.this a joke.ccp harbours and breeds this behaviour. Ccp are to blame no one else. Some of the community behaviour is disgusting especially from PL but that’s ok because they are the autistic cool nerds if eve

    June 9, 2018 at 11:08 Reply
  4. Noone

    What if he is a black man? Is it okay then?

    Cut the crap and leave real life politics out of our hobby ffs!!!

    June 9, 2018 at 11:17 Reply
  5. FromSpace

    People upset about this probably didn’t read the part of the EULA where racial and homophobic slurs are considered outside of community standards. Nevermind that CCP is a private Icelandic game development company under no obligation to respect notions of free speech, particularly as it’s framed by American players. Freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences of that speech, particularly in private establishments and services.

    June 9, 2018 at 11:32 Reply
    1. Vertigoe

      Thanks for reminding us Americans that yes we do have freedom of speech but that speech still holds consequences. It is something we all need to be ewninded of from time to time.

      June 9, 2018 at 18:42 Reply
  6. Anah

    Emojis? Good riddance!

    June 9, 2018 at 23:59 Reply
  7. Mike

    Been a long time since I checked in here…. but wow, when did eve players become social justice warriors.

    Does sniggerdly even still exist, or has that been labeled inappropriate lol?

    June 10, 2018 at 21:20 Reply
  8. Jules

    It’s unfortunate that we keep going back to a place in our dark history. We must not take lightly the atrocities which were committed in the past. We must become better people so as to not repeat our past mistakes.

    Furthermore, just because one group of people use a certain word, doesn’t mean we should as well. If someone decides to jump into a fire pit, should one just follow their lead?

    June 10, 2018 at 21:42 Reply
    1. Kaoraku

      Call anybody ‘white’ is not racist? Why? Becouse several hundred years ago somebody did something with somebody who I never know?
      What about when japanese people slaughtered chinese people? When english slaughtered indians? When americans killed the indians? The mayas? Is it counts what color they had? Or the fact, that some people killed some other people? Why would black people so different? And if so, why they not move back to africa? Meanwhile I understand, they feel it offensive (and even I think this is mostly just hissy), some private letter is nothing to do with CSM elections

      June 11, 2018 at 12:23 Reply
  9. NarkaW

    I have always been surprised about the ease with which the term ‘jew’ is used in Eve. Back in 2010 when Goons repeatedly used ‘the J word’ in local, combined with all sorts of derogatory adjectives, we reported that to CCP and we were convinced these guys were going to get punished. Oh how naive we were..

    June 10, 2018 at 23:14 Reply
  10. Xena Jax

    I am glad to see that the pastebin of this convo was released. Far too often too many ppl in irl politics claim racism or something against someone and the media never links to the conversation or video. Glad to see this is not the case here. This is why the eve community as a whole can sometimes be far superior to irl countries and nation states!

    June 11, 2018 at 08:19 Reply
  11. bla

    I see PL taking the high-road here.

    I’ve had the “pleasure” of flying under Hedliner. When is he going to be removed for his frequent use of homophobic, racist anti-semitic and anti-women slurs?

    I’m sad I didn’t record that.

    Raise your hand if you’re in PL and have never heard Hedliner say the n-word on coms when things didn’t go his way.

    June 11, 2018 at 08:45 Reply
  12. A Simple Merc

    I have to admit (TEST member by the way)
    I don’t think I have ever called any one the N word even when I am angry. Is this like an American thing or something (uk player)?

    In any case he got caught , he has been punished , case closed

    June 11, 2018 at 09:22 Reply
  13. JustSayin

    Eve is becoming a safe space now for sensitive, and easily butt hurt people

    June 11, 2018 at 16:31 Reply
  14. thug

    damn nigga

    June 12, 2018 at 01:00 Reply
  15. OhdearOhdear

    Haha PL sitting on the high horse I can only describe this as some brilliant trolling by penifsmash because everyone who was ever on PL comms especially a couple of years ago, there was sometimes not a single sentence uttered without the word Fa**tt, the N-Word the J*W word. so many homophobic, anti social, antisemitic slurs, you name it.
    Some Members were much more prolific than others but it was far from what people are upset about today, omg 3 times the evil N word was said. Any Rap video contains 10 times the amount but that’s ok…..Double standards, double standards everywhere.

    June 12, 2018 at 16:32 Reply
  16. AlphaM

    This is Eve! Grow a pair and deal with people however the hell they want to speak. Pusified society.

    June 13, 2018 at 03:38 Reply
    1. Dan Telford

      I 2nd that emotion!!

      June 14, 2018 at 19:23 Reply
  17. Dan Telford

    Sticks and stones may break my bones but I guess words will crush me. Get over it snowflakes. The world is harsh and cruel. Funny how those who would skin this guy alive probably listen to rap music and don’t blink and eye. Either come down on the rappers and actors who throw those words around too or you’re a hypocrite.

    June 14, 2018 at 19:22 Reply

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