According tomedia Eurogamer, Activision has sparked controversy by removing “OK” gestures deemed racist by politically correct people in a mid-season update to Call of Duty 16: Modern Warfare: War Zone.
The “OK” gesture was added to the game earlier this year and is used by players to express their delight when they win a game. Now, however, the OK gesture has been removed and replaced with the “Crush” gesture. But the change was not listed in the new patch message, and Activision did not issue a statement explaining why the “OK” gesture was removed from the game.
Players speculate that because protests are still going on in the United States, Activision has revised the content of Call of Duty 16: Modern Warfare: War Zone, to crack down on the use of racist language and usernames. Last month, a message of solidarity with protesters was added to the game’s opening screen.
The “OK” gesture, which is seen as a white supremacist racist symbol, stems from a scam by members of the 4Chan website. They say the three fingers protruding from the “OK” gesture can be seen as “W” for “White”, while the circle of thumbs and forefingers represents the “P” of “Power” and, together, for “white power”. But most people just use the “OK” gesture as a common gesture of consent or approval.
Many players expressed their displeasure online with call-and-duty 16’s removal of the “OK” gesture. One Twitter user said: “Call of Duty removed the ‘OK’ gesture from the game because 4Chan claimed it was a racist symbol, but it was just an emoji on your phone”, while others said: ‘Why is the good end removed, I want to know why? “