Bungie removes armor piece from Destiny 2 that bears a resemblance to a white nationalist hate symbol
A pair of Hunter gauntlets in Destiny 2 that display art that bears a resemblance to a hate symbol have been removed from the game, the developer announced today.
Bungie made the announcement on Twitter that the resemblance was not intentional and the gauntlets would be removed from the game. Users on Reddit later came to find out that the gauntlets are the "Road Complex AA1" Hunter gauntlets seen above.
The symbol is reminiscent of what can be found on the "Kekistan flag," which is a meme that has been repurposed as an alt-right symbol based in Nazi symbolism. The word "kek" originated as a meme in World of Warcraft many years ago, but later became adopted by the alt-right as a quasi-symbol of white nationalism. Alt-right protesters have been seen carrying the flag at rallies before.
“It’s come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 shares elements with a hate symbol. It is not intentional. We are removing it,” Bungie said in a series of tweets this afternoon. “Our deepest apologies. This does NOT represent our values, and we are working quickly to correct this. We renounce hate in all forms.”
It's clear to see that the gauntlets do look similar to the design on the Kekistan flag, albeit slightly modified. It's impossible to know whether Bungie's claim that this was unintentional is true, but the developer was swift to remove it from the game entirely either way.
Destiny 2 released last week for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and has received widely positive reviews so far.