Beloved first-person shooter ‘Call of Duty’ is coming under fire after the company opted to remove a professional streamer’s very own operator bundle over comments they deemed offensive during ‘Pride’ month.
Nick Kolcheff, better known to friends and fans as “NickMERCS”, has made a name for himself in the video game and streaming communities. His wild popularity can be attributed to his skill with a controller and his competitive attitude, so it was no surprise when he was given his own operator bundle in Call of Duty.
Unfortunately, the pack was quickly pulled after Kolcheff made comments some are calling “offensive.”
Responding to the recent protest in Glendale, California over ‘Pride’ in schools, the streamer simply said “They should leave little children alone. That’s the real issue.”
They should leave little children alone. That’s the real issue.
— FaZe Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) June 7, 2023
The backlash was swift and brutal, but the worst came when COD made its announcement, opting to stand by ‘Pride’.
“Due to recent events, we have removed the ‘NICKMERCS Operator’ bundle from the Modern Warfare II and Warzone store,” they tweeted. “We are focused on celebrating PRIDE with our employees and our community.”
Due to recent events, we have removed the “NICKMERCS Operator” bundle from the Modern Warfare II and Warzone store. We are focused on celebrating PRIDE with our employees and our community.
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) June 9, 2023
Noting that some people took offense to his comments, Kolcheff went on stream to clarify. However, he refused to back down from the principle of the matter.
“I just don’t think it’s any place for a teacher or a school — I don’t think it’s the place to speak about things like that,” he explained. “It’s not that I think it shouldn’t be spoken about. If that’s what you got from that tweet, then you’re just wrong.”
“I don’t have any quarrel with anybody in here,” Kolcheff continued. “I don’t have any quarrel with people on the internet. It wasn’t an anti — I guess — gay tweet. That wasn’t what it was. If you think that I hate you because you’re a certain way, you couldn’t be any more wrong.”
“I want to be the one — and my wife wants to be the one — to speak with our child about stuff like that. And that was the tweet. …I didn’t mean to upset anybody. I know that I did. I’m not apologizing about the tweet, because I don’t feel like it’s wrong. I’m gonna stand by what I said.”
It didn’t take long for Call of Duty fans to speak out against the company’s decision. Alex Zedra, the model for another of the game’s operators “Mara”, did not mince words.
Found the ped0
— A L E X ︻デ═一 (@Alex_zedra) June 9, 2023
He didn’t say anything wrong at all.
Y’all are garbage and whoever made this decision has their head up their ass.
— Donut Operator (@DonutOperator) June 9, 2023
Everyone in the replies: We care about hearing the voices of marginalized people!
Everyone in the replies: SILENCE!!! We only want to hear the marginalized people who agree with me!!! I don’t want to hear your opinion, I want to hear my opinion coming out of your…
— The Gay Republican (@GayRepublicSwag) June 9, 2023
It’s more than that. They are essentially admitting grooming children is the pride agenda.
They made it clear you cannot separate the two.
— Pro Swing Trading (@Pro__Trading) June 9, 2023
Way to piss off your key demographic!
— Gays For Trump (@GaysForTrump24) June 9, 2023
— Anti-Communist (@anti_commie32) June 9, 2023
I’ve been playing COD since first in ‘03….
I would put amount of homophobic slurs at ~1.6 trillion.
Does this mean you’ll remove all your products to celebrating PRIDE?
— The SpaceJesus (@TheAstroChrist) June 9, 2023
I just deleted all COD games off the family XBOX Series X and i hope more people follow me.
Kids will be mad for a minute till you tell them adults that make the game want to talk about sex.
Lets do this shit. Leave kids alone.
— Alex (@Rabidcow1) June 9, 2023
Dude to recent events, I have removed COD from my PS5.
Enjoy your bud light.
— Amiri King (@AmiriKing) June 9, 2023
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