Leeroy Jenkins strikes again over net neutrality

Every MMORPG player knows that there are times when they have been Leroy Jenkins. The clip may be old, but everyone knows that Leeroy shouts loudly into a raid boss before his guild is ready. This player is also one of the few World of Warcraft players honored with his own card in Hearthstone. In keeping of the spirit of the Jenkins, this card knocks out all of a player’s allies. The meme echoes through pop culture, even now, ten years after its release date.

The clip has seen new life as its creator released the first take of the video. Ben “Afrony Vinson” claims he held onto the clip until the right moment to release it came. The right moment came when Ajit Pai, ignoring the will of the American people and acting on behalf of the telecommunications companies, repealed net neutrality. Although the raid wipe video was scripted in its entirety, Vinson feels Ajit Pai channeled the spirit of the protagonist of the infamous clip when he killed net neutrality, according to Techspot.com

Those who want to relive their worst raids in any MMORPG, whether it is World of Warcraft or not, can check out the newly released video on YouTube. They can also check out the original, if they need to remember the times when their carelessness or inattention as a player legitimately wiped out a raid. Vinson hopes that re-releasing the video will raise awareness of the issues surrounding the repeal of net neutrality. He believes that Verizon, Comcast, and other telecommunications companies who are the only ones who will benefit from the FCC rules changes. Net neutrality required Internet service providers to treat all traffic the same, regardless of its source.

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