Almost every single week there’s some major outrage being broadcast by the peddlers of propaganda operating out of their social media pantechnicon. This time they crawled out of their dank corners like dastardly rats thieving for cheese during the middle of the night, all to take aim at Brigitte’s riot gear skin in Overwatch.
The new update for Overwatch brought a number of new outfits to the character roster, some of which included a schoolgirl outfit for D.Va that had some SJWs complaining about the character being sexualized, and the riot gear for Brigitte that saw the shield maiden decked out in high-tech police armor. On Twitter there were the typical Social Justice types claiming that the riot gear betrayed her character and glorified “upsetting” ideas.
Riot police is the opposite of what Brigitte stands for
— Ling the Lag Queen 👑 (@_liiing) May 26, 2019
The Brigitte riot police skin is awful and kind of upsetting to encounter in-game.
— ellen wondra: ur own disaster bisexual’s disaster (@ln1draw) May 25, 2019
Did they really give Brigitte a riot police skin??????
— lifeline wit da flatline cuz ya life’s mine (@wiggitywackgabi) May 25, 2019
“While overshadowed by the Dva & Mei, another very unpleasant (in a diff way) skin was the new Brigitte skin. A riot police who suppresses civilians by force, and moreover the Korean name is literally suppression police. Should we accept this even in a game?” https://t.co/2p1s298NXr
— Ana’s Tal Mask (@gatamchun) May 25, 2019
I’ma be 💯.
That new Brigitte skin in OW, the riot control one? I ain’t feeling it.
— Muhlaysia 46ixer (@Rather_46ixer) May 24, 2019
Good Brigitte Design: increasingly wild and outlandish knight concepts; a paladin of post-apocalyptic wastes, a guard captain in service to an insectoid queen, fuck it, just make her a transformer
Bad Brigitte Design: i’unno here’s a riot cop, pigs are cool right
— Gay Gem Girlfriend (@direhellswan) May 25, 2019
The outrage wasn’t just circulated through the oscillating barrel of the outrage culture cannon like a parabellum being fired out of a barrel at the speed of being triggered. There were also the typical Social Justice instigators in the media also diving into the fray and pushing back against the pursuit of common sense like a ballistic shield pushing back protestors.
Heavy.com did a quick article covering the article from Waypoint – which is now corralled under the Vice.com website – and how they tried to foment the fires of fury with their piece titled “Stop Turning Overwatch Characters Into Cops”.
The article stokes condemnation of police and police training, with the Vice author writing…
“If you haven’t been following American politics, these past few years have been a time of reckoning with the ongoing militarization of police forces throughout the country and the way that communities of color bear the brunt of this violence. According to website Mapping Police Violence, which tracks police violence by time, location, and available data, 1164 people were killed by police in 2018, following 1147 police killings in 2017. About one percent of those killings led to a police officer being convicted of a crime, even while reports argue that the vast majority of these killings could have been de-escalated by properly trained officers. The average time spent on de-escalation tactics by police recruits, however, is only about a seventh as much time spent on firearms training.”
This anti-cop sentiments pushed by a lot of media outlets has led to plenty of people becoming completely disengaged from the conversation, or showing more support for police without, or becoming more hostile toward police, or ignoring the issues altogether. Whatever intent they have that doesn’t involve stirring more division and racial tensions is completely lost in the vortex of snootiness and sociopolitical impositions.
Anyway, the outrage for Overwatch isn’t quite as high or as caustic as it used to be. With Blizzard banning and censoring and locking down the community over every little infraction taking place in the game and out of it, I’m shocked there was even enough of the community left to muster up a half-hearted ejaculation of outrage over Brigitte’s riot cop skin.
(Thanks for the nes tip Angra Mainyu and dk max)