“It has come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 shares elements with a hate symbol,” developer Bungie tweeted earlier today. “It is not intentional. We are removing it.” And good on them, I say. There’s just one problem: Virtually nobody in the Destiny community had any idea what Bungie was talking about.
1/2 It’s come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 shares elements with a hate symbol. It is not intentional. We are removing it.
Once the notification went out, Reddit went to work and quickly sussed out that the Road Complex AA1 gauntlets are (probably) the offending kit. The problem would appear to lie with the back-to-back “K” lettering, separated by four horizontal lines, on the shoulder and upper arm, which—once someone points it out—bears an unmistakable similarity to the “Kekistan” flag, an idiotic “tribal marker of the alt-right,” as the Southern Poverty Law Center describes it.
Even though the gauntlets hadn’t been brought up as problematic by the Destiny community at large, the reality is that nipping this thing in the bud is absolutely the right move. Mainstream corporations can’t have artists slipping in imagery of their favorite political causes (remember the fate the Marvel artist who worked hidden political messages into X-Men Gold), and intentional or not, the symbol’s presence was bound to get picked up on sooner or later.
The artist who created the logo may have absolutely no idea what Kekistan is (and lucky them if so), but there are people who would inevitably hear a dog whistle being blown anyway. Better to shut it down before it gets that far.
We’ve emailed Bungie to confirm that these are in fact the gauntlets in question, and will update if and when we receive a reply. In the meantime, no, you still can’t play Destiny 2 on the PC, but you can read our handy rundown of everything you need to know about the game before you dive into it when it rolls around on October 24.