In a huge step forward in bringing neo-Nazis to light, Destiny 2 developer Bungie has identified two more incredibly commonplace references to neo-Nazi symbolism. What’s terrifying, is that they’re absolutely everywhere.
Bungie’s new sci-fi multiplayer shooter, Destiny 2, came under fire for a piece of gear that includes a symbol that resembles the letter “K”, as well as incorporating the color green. As we’ve learned in the last year or so, frogs are a tacit endorsement of genocide, and frogs are usually represented as green, so it stands to reason, a green piece of armor is already borderline racist.
Bungie wasn’t content with just assaulting players with the color of hate, instead opting to go all in, with two “K”s and some straight lines. As you may know, Kekistan starts with “K”, and straight lines are abundant in Nazi symbolism. It’s abhorrent to see this sort of behavior from a video game company with this kind of audience, since that means many, many people will be exposed to both the racist color and letter.
The Republic of Kekistan is, of course, fictional, and the term was originally found on 4chan, being proposed as the name for a Caribbean island, the purchase of which was the topic of the thread. Fundamentally, Kekistan represents one thing most media seem to be wholly ignorant of; internet trolls.
We live in a world in which Kermit the Frog, in the wrong context, might be construed as a symbol of hate, because the internet managed to convince the world that a cartoon frog was some sort of Nazi mascot. His name is Pepe, and he had more work to do. The Republic of Kekistan adopted Pepe as its prophet, which likely contributed to it, too, being reported by the liberal media as a hate group.
To take great liberties in paraphrasing The Usual Suspects, “The greatest trick the trolls ever pulled was convincing the world that harmless frogs were literally Nazis.” The media has given both Kekistan and Pepe a legitimacy it would have been impossible for them to achieve on their own. Mission accomplished.
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