Destiny 2 developer Bungie announces that it will be removing an item with a white supremacist logo. Fans noticed the item this week and called upon the company to remove the item or the reference from the game.
Destiny 2 released on PS4 and Xbox One last week, allowing players to create female characters and characters of colour.
Bungie Apologises for Destiny 2 White Supremacist Item
2/2 Our deepest apologies. This does NOT represent our values, and we are working quickly to correct this. We renounce hate in all forms.
— Bungie (@Bungie) September 12, 2017
Earlier today, Destiny 2 developer Bungie took to Twitter to apologise for an item in its game that includes a reference to white supremacy. The company explained that the reference was not “intentional” and that it will be removing it from the game.
Offering its “deepest apologies” to fans, the Bungie stated that the item in question “does NOT represent our values.” Bungie CEO Pete Parsons also tweeted that the company values “place the highest emphasis on inclusion of all people and respect for all who work with us or play our games.”
After Bungie tweeted its apology it was not immediately clear which item, a pair of gauntlets, the developer was referring to and replies to its tweets were filled with Destiny 2 fans asking the company to be clearer. The company itself still has yet to name the item in question but fans believe it to be a pair of Legendary gauntlets, called Road Complex AA1 (pictured below.)
The gauntlets bare a clear reference to the ‘Kek’ or ‘Kekistan’ logo that is used by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the so-called alt-right movement. As explained by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the term is based on video game forum language and an Egyptian god named Kek which has a frog’s head. Kek, the god, is said to fit in with the destructive ideals of white supremacists and the image of the deity is used in tandem with that of Pepe the Frog.
The Kekistan flag and the design on the Destiny 2 gauntlets are almost identical and clearly, whoever designed the item included the reference on purpose. It’s why many are still concerned that this has happened in the first place.
Bungie may say that it does not stand by the hateful language and beliefs of white supremacists but fans want to know how this slipped through the developer’s moderation process (if it has one.) They also want to know what has happened to the person who designed the gauntlets and how the developer is going to prevent anything like this from happening again.
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