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Social Drama Event Injustice 2 Mobile Developers Apologize for "Insensitive" Pride Month Event

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The studio behind the mobile iteration of Injustice 2 has apologized for an in-game event that was meant as a way to celebrate Pride Month, which is happening throughout June. The challenge itself that drew criticism from some fans required players to take part in a battle against Poison Ivy, who is a bisexual character from DC Comics. Even though Poison Ivy is a a fighter that has always appeared in Injustice 2, the way in which the challenge was portrayed led to some inferring that the developers were somehow promoting violence against queer characters.

On social media, the official Injustice 2 Mobile account recently released a statement apologizing to those who had found the challenge to be in poor taste. "We recognize associating our latest Global Challenge with Pride was insensitive and inappropriate," read the message posted to Twitter. "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 normalize it. We apologize to the greater community, especially the LGBTQIA+ members. We are committed to listening and doing better."


What led to this situation gaining even more notoriety within the past few days was when the Injustice 2 Mobile account began tweeting about the event in question and celebrating the number of times that players had taken down Poison Ivy. It then encouraged players to keep doing battle with her in the pursuit of achieving 225,000 victories worldwide. After this was accomplished, the game would then give all players a reward. These tweets have since been taken down, however, and the event itself is clearly no longer in the works.
 

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This is a prime example of why it's best to not bother.

Whatever you try and do will be misconstrued and torn apart. Suddenly you are the enemy when all you tried to do was be supportive.

Absolutely ridiculous.
 

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Devs tried to do something good, fucked up (stupidly), said sorry and have fixed the issue.

Lets move on. This doesn't need to turn into some culture war crap.

Don't get how the dev didn't just incentivized using Poison Ivy for this period
 
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Duchess

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I don't understand this at all?
What is offensive? Did I miss something?
I imagine the usual crowd (that is say, the vocal minority in the LGBT+ community) claimed that they were encouraging violence against a queer individual, and was therefore homophobic / transphobic / etc.

Maybe they should've had a mini game where Poison Ivy scissors with Harley Quinn, and you have to get the high score before one of them begins chafing ...
 

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It's Twitter. What did you expect?

The wisdom of crowds? ;)

someone posted it on twitter said they did it previously

also beating up anyone is alright, it's a game?

It was a joke, since they didn't apologize for their BLM campaign.

They didn't do it previously. Someone made up that Cyborg image to show how stupid they thought the original one was.

Well nevermind then.
 
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I'm gay and I was pissed when I read this story this morning, not because they wanted people to fight Poison Ivy but because they apologized for it. Poison Ivy is a bad "guy" who hurts people all the time in the comics and is a character in a fighting game, I had no idea she was bi before this came up today but it really doesn't matter one way or the other because she's not a real person lol. It's not like I could just go sign up for an MMA fight this month and win because the other guy isn't allowed to hit me in June lol. They never said anything about attacking Poison Ivy because she's bi, the people on twitter who freaked out about this need to STFU, being gay is a part of who you are but it's not all of who you are. If your whole life ONLY revolves around your sexuality you've got problems IMO, I am a guy who happens to be gay I'm not gay who happens to be a guy lol.

I think this should teach companies to stop trying to attach your products to things like Pride, they've had these kinds of activities since Injustice 2 mobile launched it's not a special thing they just did for pride so why try to make it look like the two things belong together? If a dev or company wants to show support sure put a rainbow flag in your profile pic or make a donation to helping homeless gay youth etc or if you are a company make sure your hiring and firing practices are the same for everyone so nobody can be fired or hired based on their sexuality one way or the other.
 

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The mental gymnastics the perpetually offended engage in to always find something to be offended by...

I think thats the problem though, its not even "mental gymnastics" because that implies some a series of thoughts that leads to an unlikely conclusion, this is literally just seeing something and then having a brain-washed association pop into your head without critically thinking in any way, which leads them directly to a mad conclusion that most would consider stupid/not well reasoned.
 

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The studio behind the mobile iteration of Injustice 2 has apologized for an in-game event that was meant as a way to celebrate Pride Month, which is happening throughout June. The challenge itself that drew criticism from some fans required players to take part in a battle against Poison Ivy, who is a bisexual character from DC Comics. Even though Poison Ivy is a a fighter that has always appeared in Injustice 2, the way in which the challenge was portrayed led to some inferring that the developers were somehow promoting violence against queer characters.

On social media, the official Injustice 2 Mobile account recently released a statement apologizing to those who had found the challenge to be in poor taste. "We recognize associating our latest Global Challenge with Pride was insensitive and inappropriate," read the message posted to Twitter. "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 normalize it. We apologize to the greater community, especially the LGBTQIA+ members. We are committed to listening and doing better."


What led to this situation gaining even more notoriety within the past few days was when the Injustice 2 Mobile account began tweeting about the event in question and celebrating the number of times that players had taken down Poison Ivy. It then encouraged players to keep doing battle with her in the pursuit of achieving 225,000 victories worldwide. After this was accomplished, the game would then give all players a reward. These tweets have since been taken down, however, and the event itself is clearly no longer in the works.
Reality has become satire. I feel like the onion or Babylon bee wrote this story a decade ago, and here we are.
 

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Wait, was Pamela Ivy chosen because she's bi (I think more than that, she's actually married to Harley) or did they just not realize that slotting in a bi character as the target was going offend. . .someone?
 
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This won’t stop until the first company says “deal with it, everyone in my game is treated equally”
 

elliot5

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Wait, was Pamela Ivy chosen because she's bi (I think more than that, she's actually married to Harley) or did they just not realize that slotting in a bi character as the target was going offend. . .someone?
both. it's pretty easy to understand why this was a poorly executed idea without getting up and arms over "snowflakes" and all that lol

a simple plan of playing as Poison Ivy instead of beating her would still be eye rollingly dumb, but not 'offensively' dumb
 
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MaDBrute

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Im going to buy fighting game and then im gonna get offended by the fighting.
 
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Who knew Poison Ivy was bisexual.

Guess I know now, since everything out there has to tell the world if they like to fuck guys, gals or both.

And here I thought in life personal information like medical conditions, social insurance numbers, sexuality, and even basic things like how much do you weigh are things kept under wraps.

The me-me-me era continues on. Got to tell the world.
 
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