In the most recent patch to the game, World of Warcraft, a stealth change was slipped in with all the other publicly announced changes. In this game, you can find or buy non-combat pets that follow your character around. Some of these pets include mechanical chickens, pandas, tiny little dragon whelplings, and cats. One cat in particular was highly prized: the Maine Coon. When players with Maine Coon cats logged into the game post-patch, they were surprised to find that the Maine Coon was replaced with a Black Tabby.
Their reason? “This non-combat pet name was changed as there were a number of concerns expressed by players that had never heard of this particular breed of cat. To them it seemed offensive, which was never our intent upon introducing this pet.”
Yes, that’s right. People too stupid to do a little research complained about a perceived racism in the name of an animal, and rather than inform these idiots, they gave in and changed the name.