Interview With Mia Rose

Had it not been for the fact that she takes her clothes off for a living1, Mia Rose’s World of Warcraft account banning might not have even made the WoW forums, let alone that paragon of journalism par excellence2, Kotaku. But she does, and so the story, likely influenced by some sort of memish fluffer, got pretty big. And then it got nasty. Well, nastier.

Oh it didn’t get nasty about the banning. The banning just became part of the lead, sort of like “Mia Rose’s account got banned BECAUSE SHE’S A WHORE!” A comment left at Broken Toys sums up the general nastiness rather succinctly:

“Giving porn actresses respect will just make them even more stuck up bitches than they already are.”

It’s nice to see the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory is still in effect.

Mia herself admits she didn’t handle the sudden torent of vitriol—most of it not even related to the banning—very well. “Argh. That’s pretty much all I can say. I mean, I shouldn’t have responded at all,” she told me in an email. Her lash back only fed the flames to the point where the story—remember the story?—was completely lost.

I exchanged a series of emails with Mia, and we talked about…you know…girl stuff. Then we did each others’ hair, Ron Jeremy came over for some scrapbooking, and then…alright, actually we just talked about the whole banning fiasco. More after the jump.


1 There might be a little more to it than that. I’m told.
2 I almost kept a straight face when I said that!

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Note: Some of the images linked below should be considered NSFW. For that reason, they’re all linked instead of displayed in the main text.

Amber: Last weekend Blizzard banned your account from the World of Warcraft. Can you describe the events that led up to the first 2-day ban?

Mia: I was suspended for two days because someone posted my X-rated website in a public trade chat channel. Then somebody else commented on my nose. Not “noise,” as it was initially said in the Kotaku story. I didn’t want anyone to get into trouble, so I responsed by suggesting my (non-X-rated) MySpace site instead. I know a lot of the forum trolls like to say I spam my site in public game channels, but this is not true. Does anyone have screenshots of this? No? I didn’t think so.

Soon after that, I got a message from a GM saying that my account was to be suspended, and to check my mail regarding the issue. Then they kicked me from the game. After a full day, I had yet to receive the email from Blizzard. So I sent them an email asking what the deal was. I didn’t receive a response for 3 days. Then my suspension was lifted and I was able to play for 2 more days.

Amber: After that, Blizzard decided to ban your account permanently. What was the reason given for the permanent ban?

Mia: Four days after all of this happened, I tried to login but was unable to. Then I discovered that I FINALLY had an email from Blizzard saying “sorry, your account info is wrong.” They closed my account but gave me the option of getting the owner to fill out paperwork, get it notarized, and then fax it back to them.

I technically don’t own the account, at least the way that Blizzard sees it. A year and a half ago, “Dez” (the owner of Whorecraft) talked Craven “Cory” Moorehead, a director for Peter North, into giving WoW a try. He played it to level 3, decided the game wasn’t for him, and asked if I wanted to take over the account so I wouldn’t have to buy my own copy. I loved the game—obviously, 70 levels later! lol!

I have “owned” the account ever since. Not in Blizzard’s eyes, of course. But I deleted his level 3 character and played “Mia” for the next year and a half. I payed for the account myself and have the statements to prove it. Some months ago I changed the contact info but was unable to change the name (Cory’s) to mine. I was told if I didn’t get an email regarding my suspension, the information on the account must have been wrong. But I know the email address was correct because I’ve reported some kids for harassment before. (Some examples: “you deserve to die of AIDS,” “whores don’t play WoW,” etc, etc.) I always got email from Blizzard saying they had received the complaints, so I’m still a bit confused as to why I didn’t receive the suspension email.

But the bottom line is that I was banned for a legitimate reason. Although the Terms of Service used to state that trading, giving, or selling an account was okay as long as you had the CD’s to prove you owned it. But the TOS was changed because of gold farmers and power levelers who profit from selling accounts. This fucks Blizzard out of money that is rightfully theirs.

Amber: Any hope of Blizzard reversing the ban, or have you exhausted all avenues of appeal?

Mia: I guess this is where the good news comes in. After numerous emails, phone calls, in-game GM tickets on different trial accounts, and hundreds of bloggers posting my story, I received an email this morning saying the account’s contact info and name is incorrect. Not the billing info like they said before. I’m not complaining about them being wishy-washy, not at all. I was so sad and upset at being banned, and at them giving me a horrible “Terms of Use” violation answer, that at this point I don’t care if it’s restored. I am thankful though that they looked the whole thing over to get all the details. Blizzard really needs to look into account trading rather than just take a “BAN on first sight” position.

Amber: Why name your character “Miarose?” Given your connection to Whorecraft did it occur to you that something like this might happen?

Mia: I started playing WoW before I did Whorecraft (which is now Whorelore.com). The guy who started Whorecraft wanted me to see where he got some of his ideas, and because I’m a gamer and really into RPG’s, it didn’t take much convincing. So I had to pick a name. I didn’t think I would become well known in the adult industry or the gaming community, and “Miarose” seemed simple enough at the time. Then I went on Howard Stern, presented two awards with Ron Jeremy at AVN in Las Vegas, and then Whorecraft got INSANE amounts of attention. I went on to People Magazine in Australia, Penthouse Magazine, G4 TV, Playboy Radio, and others. I had no idea the sheer amount of people that actually interact the way they do.

After months of gaming and many many levels later, I would be walking around or post something for trade and someone would make a comment to someone else, and then the chats would start up. “Hey Mia Rose!,” “who’s Mia?,” “she’s a porn star that did that Warcraft porn!,” “omg there’s Warcraft porn?!,” “yeah she’s a whore!” I never deny what I do if I’m asked, but this doesn’t mean I go around saying “hey look at me, look at me and my ass.” Honestly. And not once did I say that I don’t like the attention. Because it’s obvious that I love it. I think you need to in my line of work. But the outbursts from these people I have never met that are degrading, hurtful, and childish are 100% uncalled for. I am human, and I will defend myself. Call it spamming if you will, but ask yourself how you would deal with this if you were in my position?

Amber: After all of this, do you plan on getting a new account and playing again, or are you done with World of Warcraft?

Mia: If I’m not able to get my account back (and we’ll see in the next few days) I’m going to remove WoW from my PC. I <3 the game, but I have to be honest. It took me way too damned long to get where I was. A ban is enough to make any person go nuts, lol. If I do get my account back then expect to see me for a long time. The game is a lot of fun, even with the people who flame me. :/ And to those who do flame me: you should get to know me before you judge me. I was a nerd before I was a porn star.

Amber: There’s a saying that ‘there’s no such thing as bad publicity. ‘ Has anything good come from this ordeal?

Mia: Well…yes and no. The saying is very true but I don’t care if I get more traffic or signups to my site or not. Really. I just want my account back. But I have made a new friend/fan…when I got the email saying he was a fan, and his guild talks about me, I was beyond excited! He is the priest class leader of the top guild in the WORLD. Out of the 9 million people that play, and out of countless guilds, they are number one: Nihilum.

Heres a screen shot he took for me in the Black Temple, and gave me permission to post it. W00t!

[Screenshot]

Amber: Are there any other computer games you play, particularly MMO’s? Any other titles you’d consider playing?

Mia: I actually started gaming on a PC with Warcraft. I haven’t really explored any other PC games. I’ve played a lot of RPG’s, with all the Zelda’s and Final Fantasy’s. Halo 2 is the only first person shooter I played, and I was addicted to it. I guess I should try more games, but it’s hard. When I find that I like a game, even a little, I spend a lot of time trying to learn everything about it. I hate being considered “newbish.” I don’t know if anyone else noticed but no one was flaming my playing skills. :) Woot!

I’ve seen some info on Final Fantasy IX and a lot of my friends have spoken highly of it. So if there’s any other PC game I would try, that would probably be it.

Amber: As someone in the adult entertainment business, do you have any thoughts on how or if the industry will be looking at more crossover products such as Whorecraft? Is there a real market for these kinds of endeavors?

Mia: When people saw Whorecraft, no matter who they were, they did a double-take. As nerdy and silly as it was, you just had to laugh. Let’s be honest, it was incredibly erotic to see something other than the normal adult movie fare. Although, in my opinion, I think the industry will have a tough time changing their ways. There is a HUGE market outside what we deem “normal.” A few have tapped into this gold mine and have been successful. For example (and God I hate to promote this company) Digital Playground made something that no other adult company had done with any success, called Pirates. It was a porn movie that actually went on to sit on Blockbuster’s shelves (the soft-core verion, obviously).

Another example of a crossover: Evil Angel did Fashionistas. The movie starred the infamous (and my favorite to watch) Bella Donna. It’s gone on to make millions. And Evil Empire made an erotic musical out of Fashionistas, and it’s performed in Las Vegas to this day.

I can’t tell you if the industry will pick up on this new trend, but I prefer it this way. Not everyone is successful in everything, leaving gems like Pirates, Whorecraft, Fashionistas, etc.

Amber: Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about you?

Mia: Just a couple of things. You can probably tell that Whorecraft started on zero budget. Every penny, as far as we were told, was put back into filming the next episode. None of the actors were paid for this, which is really rare in the industry. But shooting Whorecraft was a lot of fun. We got to ride on the back of these dirt bikes all over this “mini mountain” to shoot different parts of episode 2. And then we went down to the beach. I grew up in Alaska, and that shoot was my first time to the beach EVER! I can’t tell you how much fun I had running up and down the beach with my damn elf ears on. Here’s a couple pictures from that shoot; it was the happiest I had seen myself in a long time!

[Image 1] [Image 2]

After that, we went up to Big Bear where it was freezing cold to shoot a fight scene with Shyla Stylez, who played a Hunter. She had a REAL grizzly bear as her pet! The guy who trained the bear was the same guy who did the tiger fight scenes in Gladiator. Mmmm…Russell Crowe… They went on to practice a sword fight for hours in a REAL castle rented in Hollywood Hills. It was the same set used as the original bat cave. So…whatever…it may seem like promotion but I don’t really talk to the owners too much anymore. I haven’t seen a dime, but that’s fine with me. It was the funnest movie series, and I’m glad I had a chance to be part of it.

Also, I’ve had the chance to help raise 12 seeing eye dogs for the blind. Some of them even went on to be police dogs. So if anyone out there is looking to get an animal, please please please go to the animal shelter. Why buy a pet when you can save a life?My Korean Jindo, Noah, was a rescue. (RIP) [IMAGE]

And here’s a picture of my new rescue, Alexander! [IMAGE]

I also love horseback riding. I try to go at least twice a month. Los Angeles isn’t the easiest place to go riding, but I love it nonetheless.

Amber: Thanks Mia, and best of luck to you working things out with Blizzard!

Mia: Thank you for the opportunity to get my side of the story out there.

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33 Responses to “Interview With Mia Rose”

  1. Amber says:

    Feel free to agree/disagree/criticize/lol or whatever in comments. Insults and general nastiness will, however, be deleted. Please be respectful.

  2. [...] Amber Night interviews Mia Rose, who manages not to sneak in a link to her Myspace page anywhere within the article. I never deny what I do if I’m asked, but this doesn’t mean I go around saying “hey look at me, look at me and my ass.” Honestly. And not once did I say that I don’t like the attention. Because it’s obvious that I love it. I think you need to in my line of work. But the outbursts from these people I have never met that are degrading, hurtful, and childish are 100% uncalled for. I am human, and I will defend myself. Call it spamming if you will, but ask yourself how you would deal with this if you were in my position? [...]

  3. Tannenburg says:

    I find it ultimately ironic that many of those who are the primary consumers of the service she provides are also those most likely to use the most extremely insulting terms to categorize her. Furthermore, because of her chosen career, they automatically assume she is a) stupid, and b) anything she accomplishes (leveling her character, and so forth) is due to her capitalizing on her looks and/or trading quasi-sexual favors for advancement.

    Any member of the drooling fanboy demographic which is the chosen audience for Firiona Vie box art, Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, GTA, and so forth – and quite possibly the intended audience of Mia Rose’s body of work (pun somewhat intentional) – should keep their mouths shut and their (sticky?) fingers off of the keyboard. Nothing she has done is deserving of personal attacks.

  4. Jpoku says:

    At least Mia Rose seems able to do one thing quite happily: be herself. Regardless of all the silliness.

    So kudos to her for that.

    Nice interview Amber! At least someone decided to actually do some friendly journalism! Plus: Raph Koster and now Mia Rose! The celebrities are just lining up ;oD

  5. Bartoneus says:

    See, now I feel bad about my semi-witty comment on the first post, even though it is probably one of the least insulting things said about her. Sorry for being an internet dickwad on your site Amber, and sorry to Mia!

  6. Andy Havens says:

    The saying is actually, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”

    But sometimes I can’t tell (without an appropriate emoticon) when you’re being ironic. So if you were, then I’m a goob, and never mind. If you weren’t, then I’m being my usual persnickity self.

    Which, I guess, also makes me a goob. Never mind.

  7. Amber says:

    The saying is actually, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”

    Duh. >.< Thanks Andy, fixed. :)

  8. Dragon says:

    Any member of the drooling fanboy demographic which is the chosen audience for Firiona Vie box art, Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, GTA, and so forth…

    Woah there! You’re lumping in GTA with DoA Volleyball? The GTA series are phenomenally brilliant masterpieces and it’s a crime to even mention it in the same breath as that other piece of derivative crap!

    I’m shocked and, indeed, stunned! Almost speechless, even. I might have to write formal letters of complaint to someone.

  9. Amber says:

    Careful Dragon, someone might get the impression this blog is about games. :)

  10. After months of gaming and many many levels later, I would be walking around or post something for trade and someone would make a comment to someone else, and then the chats would start up. “Hey Mia Rose!,” “who’s Mia?,” “she’s a porn star that did that Warcraft porn!,” “omg there’s Warcraft porn?!,” “yeah she’s a whore!” I never deny what I do if I’m asked, but this doesn’t mean I go around saying “hey look at me, look at me and my ass.” Honestly.

    It sounds as if a lot of little incidents eventually caught up with you Mia. Maybe once or twice someone sent a letter to a GM and and they did nothing about it, but with enough “complaints” maybe Blizzard finally felt compelled to do something. Maybe even more so once you linked your myspace page and violated the terms.
    I hope that they do let you back in but force you to change your in-game name. It might give you the freedom to interact with the community as a regular player but maintain the status you had with the close friends you did manage to find.
    Oh and BTW, you got a +1 in my book when you used this time to help promote the adoption of animals from shelters and Rescue Leagues.

  11. bullet says:

    Awww, man! She did it for free? I liked her a lot better when she was a whore like the rest of us.

  12. Dave says:

    Awww, man! She did it for free? I liked her a lot better when she was a whore like the rest of us.

    Sounds like a smart career move imo. She had to know it was going to get some attention for her so she didn’t get paid in exchange for geting her name out there. Actors do this all the time. Since she said she got all the exposure after whore craft it seems like it paid off. Hope Mia can stop by and clarify.

  13. Aufero says:

    *shrug*

    Being in a profession that’s in the public eye can mean you’ll have to take extra steps to protect your anonymity in other situations. If you don’t take those steps, you’re going to meet some strange people, online or offline.

    The account problem sounds like an offshoot of that – when lots of people know who you are, your actions tend to be scrutinized a lot more carefully than usual.

  14. D-0ne says:

    It’s good to see Mia getting the respect every person deserves.

  15. Pig says:

    Hi all. Gotta admit, nice interview. And, considering the direction things were going, this interview is a good comeback by Mia.

  16. Lucas says:

    *_*
    You DID interview Mia Rose.

    Amber.
    Srsly.

    You just absolutly rock.

    Thanks to have also in the mean time saved the respect the babe deserves as a human being simply caught target of a mass crowd fucktard effect.

    Thanks Miss.

  17. Pai says:

    Kudos to Amber (and Mia!) for being willing to stand up to all this stupid backlash and get Mia’s side out there.

  18. Bissrok says:

    I’m still pretty shocked that anyone knew who she was. Even if she had the name and admitted to it, if I’m playing World of Warcraft, my first instinct would never be to think, “That’s definitely a girl”.

    Uh… Anyway, good interview, Amber. It’s nice to be reminded that really hot people can be decent folk, too.

  19. Elbows says:

    She sounds like a nice girl, people need to fucking chill, seriously.

    It’s so ridiculous that all these dudes saying the most vile shit would probably implode if they met a girl as hot as her IRL and they found out she played WoW. There’s a lot worse things you can do with your life than have sex for money, get a grip people.

  20. Al Sharpton says:

    MIA RULES! Amber: can you do some sort of win a date with Mia contest?

  21. WhippetGrim says:

    I’ve never even heard of “Whorecraft”. Now I’m going to have to check it out.

  22. Digran says:

    Before I was a nerd, I was a guy. To be honest, this breaks down to one simple truth put so clearly by Bill Engval(sp?) : At the end of the day, I just want to see some boobs and something explode. Simplistic yes, but no less true. So when asked what I thought about Mia, I said simply, “God bless her.” (Then in private, I looked for more. Remember, I’m a guy.) It was a cop out for sure, and the irony of it is, is that that is exactly what Blizzard is doing. They’re using a loop hole, much like people who argue semantics in a bet and debate the definition of “touching”. ::Sigh:: I hope she does get her account back, and continues playing. At the very least I hope this doesn’t sour her on the whole MMORPG genre. At the very most, I hope to see pictures of her acting out the role of the next big MMO to hit. A request though, No Hobbit Feet.

    P.S. Kudos on the work with dogs.

  23. Arikiel says:

    I demand Mia be given a role in the upcomming Warcraft movie Blizzard has been talking about! I’ld start a petition but I’m lazy :p

  24. Dr. Strangelove says:

    Sigh. It’s disappointing to encounter more proof of the Fuckwad Theory like this – I can’t believe someone was so rude as to shout her RL name all over WoW. Honestly! There are rules people, there are rules. Bad luck Mia. I would have hoped that if someone realised a character was played by a cetain person, and that person hadn’t told anyone who they were, then they would have the decency to keep it to themselves. Apparently not. Ah well.

  25. Greyed says:

    Wow, the sad part in all of this is that there is vitriol spewed at people who have watched Mia’s movies and people who play games other than WoW. As if someone who has done either could not possibly be anything but a prick to her. Of course anyone would recognize that it is the same kind of grouping that those who foulmouthed Mia. Shame on them as much as those they are supposedly trying to criticizing.

    As for my part I have watched some of Mia’s movies, played GTA, love my copy of DOAX and would defend her against that tripe based on the simple fact she’s deserving of respect as a human, chosen profession not withstanding.

  26. Darkwing says:

    So she is a pornstar? So what?
    Thats no reason to ban her.

    It’s more a reason to *drool* and go “wanna date?” :P (joking)

    ————-
    Seriosly.
    I think it’s great that her side of the story gets out too. Kudos for that.

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  28. lex says:

    Unbelievable
    what happened if you don’t have something nice to say then don’t say anything at all.
    Jeez
    She is just trying to have fun
    transfer the account into her name and move on.
    Or maybe they need the publicity too???
    I think not

  29. James Hubbard says:

    I’m one of the people who stumbled across this site by following GUComics.com and I’m glad that I did. Like Mia said, she’s human and doesn’t deserve the comments that have been directed her way or the treatment that she’s received from ignorant people.

    I hadn’t seen any porn that Mia was in, I had heard of whorecraft.com and found the idea amusing. She’s a very beautiful woman, and the fact that she’s a nerd makes her even hotter heh. Nerdy women are by far the hottest. I mean, just look at Amber for another example of beauty + nerdy.

    Ok, i’ve gone off my original point. Good luck to Mia and I hope that she gets her account back.

  30. yunk says:

    Doing it for free (plus royalties i hope?) gives a whole new meaning to “sweat equity”

    Good luck to Mia. Hopefully if they realize you weren’t spamming and advertising they’ll reinstate you (though I’d try to change the name just to avoid future harassment).

    You know a similar thing happens when kids have sex for the first time. So often immediately afterwards the boy starts disrespecting the girl and treating her bad. I wonder if it’s their own shame they are projecting. I guess that might be why stupid kids want to say crap to some girl that was in a porn movie, even though every single man in the US has watched porn at least once. Maybe it’s some negative feelings about themselves they are projecting out to try to feel better.

  31. lol says:

    why doesent just mia hire a nerd to gain her a new char on wow on another account that noone knows about..?

  32. Joe says:

    “Firiona Vie box art, Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, GTA”

    One of these things is not like the others…
    Seriously, how the hell did you manage to get GTA into that list? You might want to go pick up a copy of any of the recent GTA games and try one before you make any more dumb statements like that.

  33. Rezlow says:

    Mia seems to be just as I expected: intelligent, funny, and well adjusted to a shitty situation. Sounds like someone exploited a trivial technicality because they may not have agreed with her life-choices. Nuts to them (mine if they’d like to get crude and XBL-ish).

    I would be honored to heal for Miarose and to hell with WoW-brats.

    Keep fighting the good fight (or for a Warlock, I suppose it’s a dirty fight… but as you were).