Nintendo's Super Mario is a racist. Well, maybe not a racist, but he's definitely a cultural appropriator. Or something. According to social justice warriors (SJW), anyway.
Ridiculous? Of course, it is.
Then again, nearly everything is ridiculous in the hyper-sensitive world of political correctness, cultural appropriation, safe spaces, and microaggressions, in which we find ourselves, these days.
As reported by The Daily Caller and others, Nintendo ran afoul of the SJWs after, much to its horror, it learned that Mario is dressed as a sombrero-wearing Mexican in the new video game, “Super Mario Odyssey.”
Cue: SJW firestorm.
Bowing to criticism, Nintendo removed the offending image — Mario also wears a Mexican poncho — from the game box's artwork.
Incidentally, this isn't the first time Mario has outraged so-called “progressives,” as also reported by The Daily Caller. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) threw a fit in 2011 over Mario's portrayal in a Tanuki — Japanese raccoon — suit.
[R]accoon dogs are skinned alive for their fur. We wish real-life Tanukis could fly or swat enemies away with their tails and escape from those who profit from their skins. You can help them by never buying real fur.
Anyway, no word if Nintendo has also agreed to fund “safe spaces” for those triggered by the Mexican garb-wearing, portly little Italian plumber, or if Mario has been ordered to undergo sensitivity training.
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