“Bungie is strongly committed to inclusiveness and human rights, and will never stand for anti-Semitism”
Bungie Entertainment apologized for anti-Semitic references in a weekly challenge Destiny 2.
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In a statement Kotku, Bungie apologized for oversight and promised to remove the reference in an upcoming patch. “Anti-Semitism” luck Is completely unintentional. Bungie is strongly committed to inclusiveness and human rights, and will never stand for anti-Semitism, ”reads Bungie’s statement.
It states: “We are already preparing for improvements in an upcoming patch. We apologize to all our players who were hurt by the references, and we are thankful to our community for bringing our team to their attention. “
The reference in question is the phrase “blood and honor”, a Nazi slogan commonly used by the Hitler youth organization, as highlighted below by Chatzuk’s Twitter user Murdin. The phrase appears in the game on a complete banner for weekly battle table bounty challenges.
Likewise i hope @Bungi Considers choosing a different name for Battleground: cleaning activity at the Cosmodrome. The term is the best choice in a vacuum, but it is particularly inappropriate with other antisemitic words and tropes in this release. pic.twitter.com/7iRWRvyBeU
– Chat’s Mardin (@MardinofChatzuk) 16 February, 2021
To make matters worse, the phrase is accompanied by a newly added Battleground activity in the Cosmodrome called Battleground: Cleansing. Chatzuk’s Mardin said it is “particularly inappropriate”, along with other anti-Semitic “terms” and “tropes”.
A description for Battleground: Cleansing reads: “In an act of retaliation for the destruction of his homeowner, Cabal has killed a Hive Nest against digging deep into the Cosmodrome. Use this opportunity to hit the cabal vigorously and show them that humanity will not return. “
The patch date has not yet been announced, but should arrive in time for the next roster of weekly challenges at 12 noon EST / 6PM BST on Tuesday (February 23).