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Bungie removes hate symbol from Destiny 2

Developer says legendary gauntlets' similarity to "Kekistan" flag was unintentional, doesn't reflect its values

Bungie has removed a far right hate symbol from its just-released online shooter Destiny 2.

"It's come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 shares elements with a hate symbol," the studio said on Twitter. "It is not intentional. We are removing it."

The company continued the statement in a second tweet, saying, "Our deepest apologies. This does NOT represent our values, and we are working quickly to correct this. We renounce hate in all forms."

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The gauntlets in question

The items in question were apparently the Road Complex AA 1 Gauntlets, which featured a green stripe down the sleeve with a stylized version of the word "Kek."

That would be a thinly veiled reference to a flag displayed by those at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, where one of the racists drove his car through a crowd of people protesting the march, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 more.

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Kek flag as such: "The 'national flag of Kekistan' mimics a German Nazi war flag, with the Kek logo replacing the swastika and the green replacing the infamous German red. A 4chan logo is emblazoned in the upper left-hand corner."

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The white supremacist symbol they reference

Bungie CEO Pete Parsons also addressed the issue, saying, "At Bungie, our company values place the highest emphasis on inclusion of all people and respect for all who work with us or play our games."

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany8 days ago
Some people in Gamesindustry's Facebook are already commenting on this, calling it BS and insisting that "it's not a hate symbol" along with some random insults.
For not being a hate symbol, it's sure generating a lot of hate.
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@Alfonso Sexto: I think those replies are a great illustration of why Bungie was right to remove it.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jessica Hyland on 13th September 2017 12:33pm

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany7 days ago
@Jessica Hyland: Totally agree. With that symbol in particular we have another example of how this works in the internet: I'm sure you know this already, but it's a double effect weapon: For those being part of the group, the meaning and background of this is clear, but for the eyes of the outsider is ambiguous enough so those "inside" can use the excuse of "It's just a joke/parody, not a hate symbol"
It's not the first time and, sadly, it won't be the last.
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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 6 days ago
I already said it on engadget, but wtf are they talking about, the 'symbol' doesn't even come close too looking like the far right symbol they are referring to. Yoda from star wars also looks like that symbol if you follow their thinking, hee he's green with white........
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Christopher Hennen Designer 5 days ago
How Bungie handled this is a perfect example on how to handle this sort of situation. It values the customer, does not try to be an apologist for the perceived similarity (whether real or otherwise), and removes the potentially offensive image. There are many ways these sort of statements can be botched even when removing the offending symbols, Bungie pulled it off quite elegantly.
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