Bungie Explains How a Close Variant of a Hate Logo Shipped With 'Destiny 2'

Bungie spotted the connection to a meme, but not the meme's connection to white supremacy.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/43avvp/bungie-explains-how-a-close-variant-of-a-hate-logo-shipped-with-destiny-2

Earlier this week, we were made aware that a graphical element on one of Destiny 2’s armor pieces bore close resemblance to an internet meme that has been subsequently repurposed to represent hate and intolerance.

Repeating myself from the older thread (where I was probably too harsh - Bungie deserve credit for the removal and transparency), but I do object to the wording here. It bore a close resemblance specifically to the repurposed meme, not merely the 3 characters “kek”.

I also don’t find the insistence that it’s all coincidence remotely credible, but as others have said that’s not something that can be proved either way.

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Hmm. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

The only reason I sort of buy this is that they took it down so quickly and were quick to explain why they couldn’t take the thing out completely. I also suspect this is the harshest thing their lawyers (And really activision’s to be honest) would let them get away with. The real question now is is that the only thing in there and if not what do they do about it?

This apology and explanation actually seems surprisingly genuine and transparent for a developer under the wing of a huge company like Activision. Expected nothing more than the usual “we’ve taken it down, we apologize for it, we listen to our community, blah blah”. Good on them, hope they’re more careful in the future.


I’m having some trouble with that too, but if their version really has existed since 2015 as they claim then I’m pretty sure it predates the Kekistan Flag design (though obviously not the original ‘kek’ concept) by a fair margin.

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To be fair, I hadn’t even heard of the Kekistan flag until these articles dropped, so I think it’s very possible that it got missed on an internal review. I’m glad they reacted quickly, I’m sad that silly internet jokes keep getting swiped and corrupted.

Considering the ‘kekistan’ flag’s design roots, and how this particular gear piece used the same KKK imagery that it did(the square of Ks is an older KKK emblem, and the ‘kekistan’ flag just put the E lines inside it), I absolutely 100% will not believe that no one at Bungie was aware of this at all. The person responsible for the design itself at least knew exactly what they were doing.

They’re not taking responsibility for this, they’re just removing it and going “whoops, what a weird accident”. I hope that, internally, they’re looking into this more deeply and taking the appropriate action.

But I bet they aren’t.

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