“It’s an exciting change of pace,” says Mei-Ling Zhou, a peerless climatologist whose physical proportions are actually quite logical. “I’m just trying to enjoy it while I can.”
Blizzard is in the news again this week after professional Hearthstone player Ng Wai “blitzchung” Chung expressed his support for the pro-democracy Hong Kong protestors in a post-game interview—to which Blizzard responded by revoking his prize money and banning him from future competitions. Players are shocked and outraged at Blizzard’s apparent prioritization of Chinese funds over Chinese people, so it’s easy to see why Mei—Blizzard’s most famous Chinese character—has quickly become a symbol for the backlash. Fans have been churning out fanart of Mei, and not even in a weird way this time.
“Of course I support the protestors,” Mei continues in our exclusive interview. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the movement, but I’m mostly just happy to be able to go on the internet again.”
It’s hard to fault Mei-Ling for being relieved. Up until this week, fanart depicting her likeness has typically been a little less “standing up for what’s right” and a little more “almost never drawn with any clothes on whatsoever even though she’s usually in cold places like Antarctica where all of her friends died.” However, recent days have brought an outpouring of images like the one below, drawn by an artist known as Yuumei.
Breaking away from the mainstream school of fanart, most of these illustrations portray Mei as a human with an intact spine and several clothing items. US Senator Marco Rubio has even spoken out against Blizzard’s actions, claiming, “Let’s wrap this shit up and get the Rule 34 train moving again, papa wants more Snowball.”
When asked if she thinks the controversy would affect Overwatch in any way, Mei responded, “Who the fuck still plays Overwatch?”