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Ubisoft facing backlash over new Tom Clancy game’s gross use of Black Power imagery

Ubisoft facing backlash over new Tom Clancy game’s gross use of Black Power imagery

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Ubisoft facing backlash over new Tom Clancy game’s gross use of Black Power imagery

Ubisoft facing backlash over new Tom Clancy game's gross use of Black Power imagery

Ubisoft’s terrible summer continues with an unforced error which prompted swift backlash followed by an apology that many see as inadequate.

The trouble started on Aug. 25 with the release of the Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad mobile game. In an opening sequence that introduces the story and setting we learn about the anarchist group UMBRA, which we’re told is taking advantage of societal unrest to destabilize government.

Notably, the sequence associates UMBRA with a stylized raised Black fist, imagery that is typically associated with the Black Power movement. More recently, the image has come to be associated with Black Lives Matter.  Read more…

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