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COMMENT | Just Another Lazy Sensationalist FAR CRY 4 RACISM Article

Jonathan Lester
Far Cry 4, Ubisoft

COMMENT | Just Another Lazy Sensationalist FAR CRY 4 RACISM Article

Can We Have Some Hits, Please?


I'm as surprised as you are. As far as I was aware, we know almost nothing about Ubisoft's upcoming sandbox sequel beyond the box art and some conveniently-leaked story blurb, but all you need to do is type "Far Cry 4 racist" into Google and the evidence is clear: a whole mess of punditry and backlash calling out...

... well, what exactly?

Still, since every hack under the sun is cranking out something in a bid for hits, I suppose we'd better have a crack at it too. All the cool kids are doing it. Maybe they're on Outbrain. Let's start thumping that tub, hit CAPSLOCK and jump that bandwagon hard. Despite having no actual evidence to go on.

COMMENT | Just Another Lazy Sensationalist FAR CRY 4 RACISM Article

As far as we can tell, the backlash takes issue with the villain holding down a native soldier, while dressed in a stylish and provocative manner.

That's literally it.

FILTHY COLONIAL RACIALIST! And also HOMOPHOBIC if you believe some of the more sensationalist complaints. He's wearing pink?! How dare he?!!! SHAME!!!?!

There's no arguing against the DISGUSTING and FLAGRANT prejudice of Far Cry 4 - if you need more proof, just look at our carefully annotated diagram below.

COMMENT | Just Another Lazy Sensationalist FAR CRY 4 RACISM Article

Far Cry 4's director has spoken out to fight their corner, and the leaked story details confirming an indigenous protagonist arrived at a suspiciously convenient time. You're more than welcome to read up on the subject, the links are right there, but frankly I'm not convinced we even need to post them.

Because we know nothing about Far Cry 4. Nothing. Not a sausage.

Yet somehow a vocal proportion of the internet has jumped to conclusions based on a complete and total absence of any real information whatsoever. Not only are most of the arguments completely specious seeing as we've yet to experience the story and meet the characters, but we also suspect that many sites saw an opportunity to grab some cheap and cynical attention by drumming up scandal.

The phrase "making a mountain out of a molehill" has rarely been more apt. There's jumping the gun and then there's pulling the trigger before actually loading any ammunition. Also other clichés.

But hold your horses: perhaps the detractors have a point, because we've seen it before. Just look at this SHAMEFUL example of AWFUL RACISM:

COMMENT | Just Another Lazy Sensationalist FAR CRY 4 RACISM Article

Sickening, I know, but fight back your urge to vomit. The PRIMITIVE NATIVES of Dinosaur Planet aren't capable of solving their own problems -- repressed as they are by none other than the evil RACIST IMMIGRANT Andross -- meaning that it's up to the CALLOUS COLONIAL Fox McCloud to save them from their own uselessness. Even Krystal isn't much use, because she's a lady and girls can't be heroes...

...actually, so it is kinda sexist, but that's... no, we're not here to talk about that. Why not watch one of Anita Sarkeesian's excellent videos to find out why. No irony there: they really are worth watching.

Where was I? Oh yes. Starfox Adventures is RACIST and you can tell just by looking at the box art.

Wait, hang on, no you can't and no it isn't. The fact of the matter is that you can't and shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but it's oh so easy to make specious and ridiculous allegations based on a near-total lack of any real evidence or information.

And that's the point here, people. We absolutely should be clamouring for games and developers to be more inclusive, we should be debating and pushing big issues of gender, sexual and racial equality, and there are so many important battles worth fighting.

But this ain't one of them. It isn't even a skirmish.

Add a comment6 comments
socialjeebus  May. 22, 2014 at 10:47

Lol, love it Jon.

It's pathetic that people even took the time to write such nonsense in the first place.

Late  May. 22, 2014 at 11:21

...if you need more proof, just look at our carefully annotated diagram below.


Don't even get me started on the diabolical shambles that is Halo 5, with it's feminine-looking male human positioned above the overly-masculine male human.


There's a time and a place for that sort of sexism, homophobia, and racism.
The time was the seventies.
The place was ... erm ... Trevelyan?

JonLester  May. 22, 2014 at 12:35

@socialjeebus: Cheers, I just couldn't resist taking a pop at this one.

@Late: Oh, Halo's the worst. A racially pure force of colonial expansionist humans attacking a group of mixed-race aliens living in harmony? Shame! SHAME!!!!

Bleh. I just bet that someone has actually made that argument before - without irony.

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of real issues facing videogames, development and the wider community. Important ones too. But this sort of nonsense completely overshadows more worthwhile discussions and may even make publishers less willing to take any risks at all.

Yukes  May. 22, 2014 at 19:18

I'm sorry I just...don't get it. Because the story may or may not include a white man subjugating people of a different ethnicity that makes...who exactly is supposed to be racist? The character?

Genuine bafflement

JonLester  May. 22, 2014 at 19:54

@Yukes: You've hit the nail on the head. It's baffling.

MattGardner  May. 22, 2014 at 21:32

The box art is totally offensive.

The seated villain looks like an amalgamation of Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. This is offensive to my eyes, and potentially my ears too.

Garish suits had better be a central theme, mind. Robin Thicke in the Beetlejuice pervsuit as a mini-boss or GTFO.

Last edited by MattGardner, May. 22, 2014 at 21:32

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