Meet the Black Ops Shotgun Girl

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Meet the Black Ops Shotgun Girl

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Meet the Black Ops Shotgun Girl, aka B.K. Cannon, the young lady with glasses and a Mossberg who showed the world that sometimes the best way to knock on a door is to blow off its hinges.

Kobe Bryant notwithstanding, a lot of the controversy surrounding the epic "There's a Soldier in All of Us" ad for Call of Duty: Black Ops focused on the presence of a young woman with a big shotgun who blows open a door so her teammates can toss a grenade through it. Nailing down a woman's age is a dicey proposition at the best of times but more than a few people suggested that she looked a little too young to be running around inside Activision's M-rated shooter.

We still don't know exactly how old she is, but we do at least know who she is: B.K. Cannon, an actress who's had roles on House, Lie to Me and ER, and who apparently enjoys spending quality time with virtual firearms. "Nothing more gratifying than killing zombies," she wrote in a #left4dead tagged message on Twitter. "No instruction manual necessary."

Cannon actually drew attention to her role in the ad with a tweet on November 4, saying, "If you watch this CallofDuty Black Ops trailer very carefully, you might see me...with a shotgun. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB1JQ_tfbHM" On November 8, she followed that up with, "Enough with the actual television programing! Give me more commercial breaks! #callofdutyblackops"

Cannon's age remains a closely-guarded secret but her Facebook profile indicates that she graduated from the Mid Pacific Institute, located in Hawaii, in 2008, which means that unless she's a serious prodigy, she's quite old enough to be pointing pretend guns at whoever she wants. So nice job, Shotgun Girl. Kobe is famous and Kimmel is funny, but for my money you were the best part of that whole thing.

via: GamePolitics

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Oh, she was the "fat" girl in house. She was rather good in that episode :)

Hah! I remember her from House MD now!

Didn't Mythbusters show that shooting hinges doesn't work?

-disregard. I was wrong.

Baneat:
Oh, she was the "fat" girl in house. She was rather good in that episode :)

Aye, That was a good episode! Though I did almost confuse her for the other one in the first season though, good episode as well, specially with the side story in it.

And well, to all the dissenters who were bitching about how a "young" girl shouldn't even be playing M-rated games, would you kindly CHOKE on this and not your foot.

Almost as bad as the guy who got arrested and almost sent to jail for "possessing pedophilia content" despite the 'actress' in question being in her mid-to-late 20s.

And stinky, I think that only applies with small arms, military shotguns could most likely do that with the proper slug.

Is this what games journalism is reduced to? Stories on bit players in commercials?

So... Um she looks young... And?
Is there some meaning to this "news"?
A young and good looking actress did a commercial where she was wielding a gun?
Umm... Can someone help me here, what exactly is the issue here? This just feels somehow tabloid quality article... (Note I did not say news)

What am i reading?
All i can imagine is that you are tiring to cash in on the buzz on black ops by geting as much articles with the game's name on the title so the site will be more likely to show up on any google searches of the game.

But really, you guys can try harder...

OANST:
Is this what games journalism is reduced to? Stories on bit players in commercials?

Gotta agree, nothin goin on in the game world like, at all??

I loved the shot gun-girls smile after bustin the door open. Awesome stuff

Really? This is the best the news team could find? At least get her age, because otherwise the whole story is basically just "We found out the name a person in a controversial commercial!" weeeeeeeeee. How about doing a thread on the fact that one of the Supreme Court Judges knew so little about gaming, he asked one of the lawyers if a V-chip would work? Or how about LA Noire or something?

cursedseishi:

Baneat:
Oh, she was the "fat" girl in house. She was rather good in that episode :)

And well, to all the dissenters who were bitching about how a "young" girl shouldn't even be playing M-rated games, would you kindly CHOKE on this and not your foot.

I think they ment young girl as in under the age of 18 "Black Ops" being Rated M and all would mean they advocate players outside of it's rating to play as well if she was a minor, As technically no one under the age of 17 is permitted to purchase said game legally without a Parent/Guardian being present. I'm sure the same would be said if it was a questionable young male actor as well.

stinkychops:
Didn't Mythbusters show that shooting hinges doesn't work?

Probably not seeing as that's one of the techniques counter-terrorist units use for room entry...

Lucane:

I think they ment young girl as in under the age of 18 "Black Ops" being Rated M and all would mean they advocate players outside of it's rating to play as well if she was a minor, As technically no one under the age of 17 is permitted to purchase said game legally without a Parent/Guardian being present. I'm sure the same would be said if it was a questionable young male actor as well.

And that's what I was talking about, since as far as I'm aware "young" has no other meaning than that. Hence "young" girl, and hence the little example I mentioned just after the statement as well. Both of which examples of people lacking the common sense to actually look into something, and rather choose to go off on a tangent about it and/or sensationalize it.

Must be a slow day for news, as those before me have noted. Anyhow, what's the big deal? She's obviously been in showbiz for a while now, and she's obviously old enough to play the game she plays like she's playing, so let's all move on with our lives and talk about something important. Like tacos.

OANST:
Is this what games journalism is reduced to? Stories on bit players in commercials?

You want journalism, go read Foreign Policy. We do videogames here.

Edit: Wow, there are a lot more "too cool for school" people in here than I expected. News flash, kids: If you really have no interest in the article, coming in to tell the world about it just makes you look silly.

Andy Chalk:

OANST:
Is this what games journalism is reduced to? Stories on bit players in commercials?

You want journalism, go read Foreign Policy. We do videogames here.

Was this about a video game? Huh. Weird.

Baneat:
Oh, she was the "fat" girl in house. She was rather good in that episode :)

I still think she's cute, and would rail her mercilessly >_>

did I say that out loud?

Fangface74:

OANST:
Is this what games journalism is reduced to? Stories on bit players in commercials?

Gotta agree, nothin goin on in the game world like, at all??

This site is mostly focused on gaming culture. How the outside percieves our hobby falls into that wheelhouse so debunking this bull falls right in the middle of this site.

OANST:
Was this about a video game? Huh. Weird.

Yeah, one called Call of Duty: Black Ops. Came out a couple of weeks ago, you probably wouldn't know about it if you don't keep up with gaming sites. Apparently it's pretty popular.

stinkychops:
Didn't Mythbusters show that shooting hinges doesn't work?

What weapon did they use? Because shotguns can be loaded with special breaching rounds that are specifically designed to blast apart hinges. Try it with a 9mm, though, and yeah, you're not going to get far.

Also, not only is the name B.K. Cannon an awesome name for a female gamer to have, but she's also pretty cute. Now maybe at least part of the controversy over the Codblops commercial can shut up now.

And I still maintain that "codblops" sounds like a communicable disease.

Andy Chalk:

OANST:
Was this about a video game? Huh. Weird.

Yeah, one called Call of Duty: Black Ops. Came out a couple of weeks ago, you probably wouldn't know about it if you don't keep up with gaming sites. Apparently it's pretty popular.

I hear that somebody made a commercial.

Hmm... I have to agree with the assessment of several people here that she's cute. Not only is it true, it's good to see that being said about somebody who isn't stereotypically 'hot'.

cursedseishi:

Lucane:

I think they ment young girl as in under the age of 18 "Black Ops" being Rated M and all would mean they advocate players outside of it's rating to play as well if she was a minor, As technically no one under the age of 17 is permitted to purchase said game legally without a Parent/Guardian being present. I'm sure the same would be said if it was a questionable young male actor as well.

And that's what I was talking about, since as far as I'm aware "young" has no other meaning than that. Hence "young" girl, and hence the little example I mentioned just after the statement as well. Both of which examples of people lacking the common sense to actually look into something, and rather choose to go off on a tangent about it and/or sensationalize it.

So is your issue that some people in the media saw a woman who by her looks was possibly a minor and thought that she shouldn't have been in it if she is a minor, becuase a (as the original post said) "Young woman" that is of an unknown age most likely over the age of 18 shouldn't be in the commercial or that the Escapist Staff is talking about other people having concerns with an ads actress' age?. Cuase I thought it was the 1st one.

MasterSplinter:
What am i reading?
All i can imagine is that you are tiring to cash in on the buzz on black ops by geting as much articles with the game's name on the title so the site will be more likely to show up on any google searches of the game.

But really, you guys can try harder...

Actually the girl is the point of some of the controversy in the games commercial. Because she looks young. So the article is relevant.

Whichi:

Baneat:
Oh, she was the "fat" girl in house. She was rather good in that episode :)

I still think she's cute, and would rail her mercilessly >_>

did I say that out loud?

Get in line...

Anyway, I think the real point of this article is that the entirety of gaming is being called into question because of this commercial. ESPN is ready to eat Kobe Bryant alive over it and this girl is being pointed at as a reason as to why the commercial is bad. The fact that she appears underage to even be playing a rated M game is giving a lot of people who pushed the idiotic law to the Supreme Court fire power. But if it can be shown that she is in fact an adult, then that is one less bullet in their shotgun to shoot down our bunker door and raid our games.

Uhhh.... Yay? Woo we found she isn't too young on a game commercial that most people had forgotten about.... yay

Atros81:
Hmm... I have to agree with the assessment of several people here that she's cute. Not only is it true, it's good to see that being said about somebody who isn't stereotypically 'hot'.

I have to say that it might come from her looking like the type that would injure us in good ways, and failing that try really really hard at it; but yeah, taaaaaasty. Also, how in the nine hells does someone see a girl who is obviously in her mid-late 20s and think they're a MINOR?

Did anyone else have a TF2 moment while reading this article?
"Meet the Shotgun Girl."

Hmmm, well I think a point is being missed here entirely.

Ads are carefully constructed to send a paticular message, and convey a specific impression to a target audience. B.K. Cannon's real age can easily be considered irrelevent compared to how she looked in that Ad. I think the point was to show all differant kinds of people, of diverse age groups, involved. Granted everyone there was clearly an adult, except for her, where she definatly does look quite young, and I think it was intentional since she could be made to look older, or her own age just as well. I think the idea was very much to try and get away with showing a kid playing. Like it or not, kids DO represent a big market share, and while I disagree with criminal action for a number of reasons I've gone into before, there is some truth to there being irresponsibility on the part of gaming companies in their quest to make money. I simply do not believe it's the job of the goverment to correct such things, and if worse comes to worse, just letting things continue is a far lesser evil than censorship.

You get some actor who specializes in playing young roles due to the way they can pull it off (say appearing in high school dramas as a backround character, or occasional bit part for episodes), put them into a commercial doing their thing and looking like they could be 15 or 16, it might not be criminal due to their actual age, but the message is obvious.

Simply put Activision tried to do some subtle marketing to a "taboo audience" here, and got caught because right now a ton of people are paying careful attention to this kind of thing. This wasn't the best time to try something like this.

Such are my thoughts.

SinisterGehe:
So... Um she looks young... And?
Is there some meaning to this "news"?
A young and good looking actress did a commercial where she was wielding a gun?
Umm... Can someone help me here, what exactly is the issue here? This just feels somehow tabloid quality article... (Note I did not say news)

I was just like "wait who was she?" thinks again "oh the fat girl with the shotgun and glasses"

lol personally I was like whaaat yeahh when I saw Kimmel

stinkychops:
Didn't Mythbusters show that shooting hinges doesn't work?

They showed that it does, just not with weak rounds. Why do you think the underbarrel shotgun in CoD (and yes it exists in real life) is called the masterkey?

Whichi:

Baneat:
Oh, she was the "fat" girl in house. She was rather good in that episode :)

I still think she's cute, and would rail her mercilessly >_>

did I say that out loud?

Ehh.. IDD, but she's older than I

Baneat:
Oh, she was the "fat" girl in house. She was rather good in that episode :)

your right!

Whichi:

Baneat:
Oh, she was the "fat" girl in house. She was rather good in that episode :)

I still think she's cute, and would rail her mercilessly >_>

did I say that out loud?

She is pretty adorable isn't she?
It's okay to be attracted to a fat girl. They're not all beastly... just most of them. It's just like how not all girls with short hair look like boys.
Who was she in Lie to Me? I've seen some of those.
She does have a pretty badass name for someone in a COD ad.

However, I had no idea that there was controversy about this ad (apparently some sports pundits like to fake outrage at Kobe's part too) but I guess that's what happens when a new gta isn't released every 2 years.

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