Just when you thought the left had already bitched and moaned about everything in existence, along comes a new Nintendo character that makes their blood boil.
In an article for the ultra left-wing Mic.com, Tanya DePass takes an issue with the hair of a female character called Twintelle in Nintendo's new game “Arms”.
DePass writes, “When I first saw Twintelle, I couldn't get excited like everyone else. All I could think about was her hair. Specifically, the fact she's a brown, female character with weaponized hair.”
She continues, “The thing is, hair like mine is often weaponized in real life, too. It's been made illegal to wear as it grows, been feared and politicized to the point of having job offers rescinded because the wearer has locs instead of chemically straightened hair, or been checked while going through airport security without a legitimate reason.”
Okay Tanya. Unless your hair can also help you win boxing matches, your hair isn't 'weaponized'.
“What's particularly strange here is how this specific fighting method is limited to the only brown character in the game. All the other fighters in Arms have spring-loaded arms for weapons, including the other female fighters we've seen so far. So why does the brown girl have to use her hair as a weapon,” she adds.
Except the character isn't just some random brown girl. According to a tweet by Nintendo Mic even included in the article, the character of Twintelle is an “A-list movie star”. Also, this is a Japanese company. Japan is known to do wacky stuff, so a character with hair as a weapon isn't exactly far-fetched.
“...who at Nintendo thought this was actually OK?” DePass asks. Uh, probably everyone.
“Twintelle's hair may seem trivial to folks who don't have to deal with films, TV shows and ads where people who look like them aren't depicted. To them, it might even seem like I'm reaching for something to complain about,” she writes. Oh really? Who would ever think that?!
According to Tanya's Mic.com profile, she “is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at conventions.”
So, professional social justice warrior and complainer. We can only help that Nintendo won't back down because of such ridiculous complaints.