Resident Evil 5 Accused of Racism

We know you have seen the trailer, and in the back of your mind you know you thought it was possible for someone to bring it up as a point of contention, well now they have! Yes, the female centric African blog going by the name Black Looks has accused Resident Evil 5 of racism and in their latest post, written by blogger Kym Platt, states that “the video game depicts a white man in what appears to be Africa killing Black people. The Black people are supposed to be zombies and the white man’s job is to destroy them and save humanity.

From there she goes on to comment that “This is problematic on so many levels, including the depiction of Black people as inhuman savages, the killing of Black people by a white man in military clothing, and the fact that this video game is marketed to children and young adults.” Now, at this point, you could force yourself to see her flawed logic, and even sympathise slightly with her. Unfortunately, come the last line of her blog post she seems to lose all semblance of fact and logic and states that the game is trying to “start them young… fearing, hating, and destroying Black people.

Later on in the comments section she is questioned one whether she’d be happier if the Zombies were white to which she responds “Yes… I am more comfortable with the zombies being white. In fact, ALL zombies should be white from this day forth.” From there on over 65 gamers have, at the time of writing this news piece, commented on her blog trying to explain the game to her. Some, have called her out on saying it is aimed at children, as the game will obviously be rated Mature (17+), while others state that the enemies are black simply because of the games setting, just like the Spanish setting of Resi 4 and the American setting of 1-3. Also, some have even taken the time to tell her they are not even zombies, it is in fact a different virus this time, she has not commented from that point on.