The creator of the wildly popular online video game Fortnite has removed images of police cars in its most recent edition, reported The Wall Street Journal.Advertisement00:0607:51
Amid ongoing Black Lives Matter demonstrations born out of the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody, Epic Games has pulled the images, which only served to liven up the background.
“Recent events are a heavy reminder of ongoing injustices in society, from the denial of basic human rights to the impact of racism both overt and subtle against people of color,” the company wrote on a June 3 blog entry. “The team is eager to move Fortnite forward, but we need to balance the Season 3 launch with time for the team to focus on themselves, their families and their communities.”
Epic Games often releases new Fortnite seasons to keep players interested, but the debut of its latest installment was delayed a few weeks to June 17, ostensibly in light of the global protests.[More Entertainment] ‘Riverdale’ actors come to defense of accused castmates »
Since Floyd’s death, many companies and organizations have responded to demonstrators’ pleas for racial equality.
In a June 6 video, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell apologized for ignoring peaceful protests by league players actively taking a knee during the playing of the fortnite v bucks generator national anthem. One name glaringly not mentioned in the apology was Colin Kaepernick.[More Entertainment] ‘Riverdale’ actors come to defense of accused castmates »
President Trump notably told a crowd in 2017 that NFL players who refuse to stand for the anthem should lose their jobs.
“Get that son of a bitch off the field right now,” said Trump at the Huntsville, Ala., rally. “Out! He’s fired! He’s fired!”
Last week, Quaker Oats announced it would be rebranding Aunt Jemima packaging “to make progress toward racial equality” and Eskimo Pie maker Dreyer’s said it was retiring the offensive name.