Ubisoft to remove images of raised fists used by BLM activists from Tom Clancy's Elite Squad

Ubisoft to remove images of raised fists used by BLM activists from Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad


Ubisoft has announced its decision to remove the raised fist gesture from the mobile tactical game Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad. About it reported on the developer’s twitter. The reason was possible unwanted associations – the gesture became a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement, popular in the United States, and criminals used it in the game.

The raised fists gesture can be seen in the opening video, where the narrator talks about the fictional criminal gang Umbra, which is seeking to create a new world order. The announcer explains that they are promoting ideas of egalitarianism, after which raised fists appear.

“The addition of raised fists in the Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad intro cinematic was ill-considered and harmful. We have listened to the opinions of players around the world who pointed this out to us and we apologize. It will be removed in the next update, which will be released on September 1 “– said in a statement Ubisoft.

The “Roth Front” (raised fists) gesture was often used by various revolutionaries. At the end of the 20th century, African Americans began to use it to combat racism in the United States. And in 2020, he became one of the symbols of the Black Lives Matters protests that arose after the assassination of George Floyd.



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