22 September 2017 - 19:49

South Park: The Fractured But Whole trailer targets Kanye West's mom

The game went gold with a racially insensitive trailer.
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South Park: The Fractured But Whole has officially gone gold, and the game's latest trailer is causing some serious controversy for making fun of Kanye West's late mother through a racially insensitive lens—to say the least.

The "Game is Gold" announcement trailer released on Friday, commemorating The Fractured But Whole's imminent release. But the trailer itself doesn't show off any gameplay features or even talk much about the game's role-playing mechanics. Instead, the trailer depicts Kanye West as a gay fish (referencing a joke from several seasons back) that works with Seaman to help his mother reach heaven.


As a frame of reference, Kanye's mom Donda West passed in 2007, and her death remains an extremely emotional subject with the rapper nearly a decade later. The whole trailer parodies a game Kanye West announced in 2016, called Only One, which details his mother's journey to heaven.

"I worked on a video game and I wanted to show y’all," Kanye said, Kotaku reports. "The idea of the game is, my mom traveling through the gates of heaven."

What's worst, Kanye's mother is depicted in a racially insensitive way based on 20th century derogatory racist stereotypes. One NeoGAF user compared it to the way black men and women were depicted in racist minstrel shows, including the "mammy" stereotype. Plus, the trailer also throws in some gay stereotypes in depicting Kanye as a gay fish. South Park, classy as usual.

"Haha yeah I love racism and homophobia also I am 12 years old," another user said.


South Park: The Fractured But Whole launches on Oct. 17 for for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

H/T PCGamer

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