The game Cuphead by Studio MDHR is no stranger at this point. However, the 2D Platformer has faced many attacks ever since it was announced, and now it is being called “ableist” and “racist” for its 1930’s artwork.
Cuphead has faced a lot during its time in development. The game was hated on because it was labeled as an Xbox One “exclusive” and that it was delayed once.
In addition to the above, some people actually wanted Cuphead canceled due to Microsoft being involved. Despite all of the upheaval, the devs dealt with the devil and released the game for PC and Xbox One.
But that wasn’t the end of Cuphead being ridiculed. A group of people looked into Cuphead and are now calling it “ableist” and “racist” for its 1930’s artwork. This movement seems to be picking up traction of recent.
The “racist” traction has picked up so that even AlphaOmegaSin can’t escape it and created this rant video on the growing matter.
I bet you’re probably thinking “where did this come from?” You see, it all started back on June 17th, 2015, around the time the 2D platformer was shown at E3. This event was kickstarted by a website named Not Your Mama’s Gamer, and comes from the following text that reads:
“Seeing the trailer for the game this week elicited a visceral reaction in me. It made me feel physically ill. I got queasy and my head swam a bit. It was one of those moments when you are sure that your blood pressure has shot up 20 or 30 points, a true WTF moment. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop.”
The writer went out to explain that…
“I kept waiting for the next boss to be a thick-lipped, black-faced, spittle-dripping caricature of an African American man (probably holding aloft a terrified, screaming, blonde, Caucasian woman just to show what a threat he actually was). And looking back at the trailer for the game that was shown at last year’s E3 we see that the devil who is after the souls of our heroes (Cuphead and Mugman) is strangely reminiscent of caricature (NB that this year’s trailer devil was grayscale, so the color is unclear, with less pronounced lips).”
The writer is referencing to a geyscale picture of the devil in the game and this image below:
Furthermore, a recent happening on September 25th, 2017, emerged by the Rolling Stone or Glixel noting that the game could have included “racist stereotypes” and went on about racism during the 1930’s. Many users on Steam even started up discussions about Cuphead being “racist” and “sexist” with a certain user AncientToaster posting the following:
“Racism and Misogyny! I mean all the signs are there. This is uncalled for in 2017.
– White Protagonist that saves the day from a brown skinned “Devil”
– Female Chalice figure needs to be saved from the Masculine Hero, a “damsel in distress”
– You fight and kill an Arabic figure (genie) this is racist and uncalled for
There’s more but I don’t think I need to point them out with these three things.”
There’s no telling how much traction this movement will gain, but as it stands now some people believe that Cuphead is trying to brainwash people into accepting racism.