Capcom Unbans Ceroblast After Racist Comments, With a Catch
Capcom banned Christina “CeroBlast” Tran and Dalauan “LowTierGod” Sparrow thanks to slurs made by both parties during a bit of beef in April 2020. As of this weekend though, Capcom rescinded the ban made against Ceroblast, but there is a catch. If any future violations occur, Ceroblast will be banned permanently from all Capcom events. This has caused a bit of controversy though, with several asking about LowTierGod not having been unbanned as well. Capcom made no mention of him during the announcement, but the player does have bans from EVO and CEO, which may have something to do with it.
Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right:
Last year, LowTierGod had some very anti-trans slurs dropped in his stream aimed at CeroBlast. This led CeroBlast to respond with racial slurs of her own. Neither of these are excusable, but CeroBlast would not have been banned if she didn’t go on her own tirade. When this went down, CeroBlast tried to blame “Black Culture”, doubling down instead of trying to apologize. According to CeroBlast in 2020:
“Black culture distinctively is the problem, not us. If you groom us into culture for saying that, then that’s really not our fault.“
After Capcom made their decision, CeroBlast made a brief statement:
“I can compete again. I’m sorry again for my past mistakes and moving forward now, I will continue to do better.”
As for the actual statement made by Capcom:
“Capcom has made the decision to lift the Capcom Pro Tour suspension of the player known as Ceroblast. @BlastCero was excluded from participating in the Capcom Pro Tour 2020 season, but has since shown remorse for their inappropriate behavior. We hope that she has learned from this incident and will be a more positive force in the community moving forward. If any future violations occur, Capcom will permanently ban Ceroblast from all Capcom events. Capcom is continually evaluating all players that have received bans and will periodically lift bans on a case-by-case basis.”
Though this is speculative, there has to be a reason that LowTierGod was not unbanned by Capcom, but CeroBlast was. It may be that LTG has a long history of being incredibly offensive and insensitive to other players in the FGC. As someone who has several bans in the major fighting game scene, it doesn’t sound like he feels remorse for what he has said over the last year, and thus, did not warrant an unban. That is to say, this isn’t without controversy either. Some feel like the ban should have stayed, and others feel like CeroBlast deserves a chance to show they’ve mended their ways.
People can grow and move past offensive slurs, and it’s our hope that CeroBlast has done just this, as Capcom has given her one last chance to compete. There have been other players banned for insensitive, offensive statements, like FilipinoChamp, but as of yet, they remain banned.