NetherRealm Studios has posted an apology on its Twitter account for what can solely be described as an inappropriate manner to have fun Pride Month.
The developer launched a problem event in its cellular preventing recreation, Injustice 2 Mobile, through which players had been invited to beat up Poison Ivy, a DC Comics character who has been portrayed as canonically bisexual, within the identify of “love and friendship”. More not too long ago, she has been depicted as being in a relationship with Harley Quinn, one other villain from the DC universe.
Injustice 2 Mobile recurrently holds a majority of these problem occasions to convey players again to the sport, however the reality this was introduced as a part of a Pride Month celebration does elevate a few eyebrows.
“Ah, the beloved pride celebration of repeatedly punching a barely clothed bi woman in the face,” sarcastically wrote one ResetEra poster below a now-deleted promotional tweet (through Kotaku). “That’s f****** hilariously tone deaf,” wrote one other person.
NetherRealm rapidly took down the event and related social media posts as soon as this was identified, issuing an apology on Twitter afterward.
“We recognise associating our latest Global Challenge with Pride was insensitive and inappropriate,” the developer posted on the Injustice 2 Mobile Twitter account. “Real life violence against the LGBTQIA+ community and women within that community in particular is all too common and we should actively engage in efforts to end LGBTQIA+ violence, not normalise it. We apologise to the greater community, but especially LGBTQIA+ members. We are committed to listening and doing better.”
Prior to the event being taken down, the neighborhood had amassed round 175,000 Poison Ivy takedowns of Poison Ivy.
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