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PETA face backlash over bizarre game comparing Pokémon to animal abuse

Published: 27/Feb/2019 21:13 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 14:17

by Virginia Glaze

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Animal rights org PETA is facing massive backlash, after promoting their own version of Pokémon just after the announcement of ‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’ on February 27.

The company tweeted out a promo of their Flash game ‘Pokémon Black and Blue’ in wake of February’s Nintendo Direct, which was created as a parody of ‘Pokémon Black and White’ in 2012.

With the slogan, ‘Gotta Free ‘Em All!’ it comes as no surprise that PETA’s game centers around the unethical treatment of Pokémon, and tasks players with freeing the pocket monsters from their abusive trainers.

PETAPETA’s grotesque version of Pokemon is garnering ample backlash for comparing battling to animal abuse.

PETA’s artwork for the game is nothing short of disturbing, showing bloodied and battered humans that the Pokémon must battle in order to free their friends.

The org has since received ample criticism for the game, with angry users sounding off across Twitter in response to their latest campaign.

“If it’s true to PETA’s values, then it’s the only game where you can euthanize Pokémon,” one user wrote, referencing claims that PETA actually euthanizes animals in its care. “Interesting.”

“They’re not even real – I’m not sure if y’all missed that,” another replied. “Like … you guys killed actual animals and this is a video game.”

PETA even included a sarcastic review of the title from popular YouTuber Chilled Chaos on their website, who mocked the organization – and even noted that they could be sued, should the game fail to fall under the guard of parody and satire.

This isn’t the first time the org has gone under fire; PETA likewise saw mass criticism after denouncing the death of famed ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin, catching flak from major YouTubers and celebs across Twitter.

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Pokimane responds to transphobia accusations after Discord DMs emerge

Published: 29/Nov/2020 2:15

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Pokimane has been accused of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist after a mod tried to blame her for discriminating against a trans girl, but she apologized and maintained her innocence.

Iman ‘Pokimane’ Anys is normally in the spotlight for the right reasons. However, she’s been caught up in drama lately after leaked documents about her relationship with Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan surfaced.

Pokimane denied the allegations, and it looked like smooth sailing from here on out. But now, another incident has surfaced. It’s a serious one that has thrown her into drama yet again.

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Pokimane has been caught up in one drama after another lately.

Pokimane’s official Discord server has a role exclusive to girls, but users can’t get it unless they confirm their gender by speaking in voice chat. It’s supposed to be a failsafe way to stop male viewers from pretending to be females for trolling purposes.

However, a mod rejected a trans girl from the role. He claimed he was following orders and deflected the blame onto Pokimane. Apparently, the trans girl persisted, which ultimately lead to being banned from the server.

This sparked an uproar on social media. Some people even accused Pokimane of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF). Fortunately, she responded quickly and assured fans that everybody is welcome in her community.

“I’m looking into this with said mod/proof of the conversation that was held between them,” she said. [I] will [also] contact SHSLChris directly to resolve this and to assure she is welcomed properly.”

“Anyone in my community should be welcomed with open arms no matter what gender/sexuality,” she added. “I’m so sorry if anyone was made to feel otherwise, especially by a mod. That is not okay, and I’ll make sure it’s properly handled.”

“Furthermore, I’ve unmodded the person in question,” she said, implying that he acted independently.

“Again, I’m so sorry for this interaction, as it is not something I reinforce/a rule of mine, and is far from representative of my personal opinions, as I truly support the trans community.”

The key takeaway is the mod appears to have acted or interpreted the rules in his own way, and has since been unmodded.

Pokimane also maintained her innocence and claimed she is in full support of the trans community. Whether the affected user will accept her invite back into the Discord remains to be seen.