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In yet another instance of “what were they thinking?”, a company has had to cancel its development of a product due to an incredible lack of common sense and decency. This time it was a video game that was being developed by the Ontario based Big-O-Tree Games, which makes the scenario even more painfully ironic as the company name sounds so much like the word bigotry itself. The game was called Dirty Chinese Restaurant and was designed to highlight some of the uglier stereotypes about Chinese restaurants and food.
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The game was initially promoted featured a character named “Wong Fu,” who managed the worst restaurant ever. The game developers said that users would score in the game by evading both taxes as well as immigration officials. Users would also be able to score by driving down costs thru dumpster diving and catching cats and dogs with a cleaver. Perhaps the game should have been called “SimRacist.”
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“Bigotry” Big-O-Tree Games posted the following statement on its website Thursday:
“After careful consideration and taking the time to listen to the publics opinion we have decided it’s not in anyone’s best interest to release Dirty Chinese Restaurant. We would like to make a sincere and formal apology to the Chinese community and wish to assure them that this game was not created with an intentional interest of inflicting harm or malice against Chinese culture.
“Out of respect we will begin removing all marketing media pertaining to DCR off our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts. These accounts will also be removed. We ask the press to please respect our privacy at this time as we begin the task of removing all our content.”
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Although the game was first announced in 2016, it came under fire late last month when Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) denounced it on Facebook.
“This game uses every negative and demeaning stereotype that I have ever come across as a Chinese American,” she wrote. “From the names used for the characters of the game, to the types of food they cook, to the disturbing depiction of their faces, this game epitomizes racism against Asian Americans.”
Meng is now happy that the game will not be released, but in a statement on Thursday, she emphasized that it never should have been created in the first place.
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“Racism must be called out, whenever and wherever we see it,” Meng said. “I want to thank everyone who joined me and spoke out against the demeaning and negative stereotypes depicted in the video game, Dirty Chinese Restaurant.
“While I’m pleased that Big-O-Trees Games has decided not to release its racist video game, it is disturbing that something like this would have progressed as far as it did. I hope this company does not live up to its name in future endeavors.”
George Lambropoulos, a self-described game developer to whom the Big-O-Tree domain is registered, told HuffPost last month that the game was “mainly satire and comedy influenced by classic politically incorrect shows such as: ‘South Park,’ ‘All in the Family,’ ‘Sanford & Son,’ ‘Family Guy,’ ‘Simpsons’ and ‘Chappelle’s Show.’”
He added, “Our game in no way is meant to be an accurate representation of Chinese culture.”
Thursday’s announcement suggests the game’s developers have started to realize racism is no joke.