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Wolfenstein II, a video game set in an alternate, Nazi-ruled 1960s America, has severely pissed off the white nationalist alt-right, and it’s not even out yet. After seeing the trailer, racists have decried the game as “anti-White propaganda” with “Black Lives Matter overtones.” Well, wait until they get a load of this scene, shared on Twitter by Polygon’s Nick Robinson:
this "so much for the tolerant left" convo between two Nazi guards in Wolfenstein 2 is my favorite video game thing i've seen a long time pic.twitter.com/SUy3WXA5eM— Nick Robinson (@Babylonian) July 27, 2017
Robinson describes the conversation, which the player can overhear before stealthily executing two Nazi guards, as a “‘so much for the tolerant left’ convo.” He’s referring to a meme where various flavors of bigots, when called out on their bigotry, accuse critics of being “intolerant.” The Nazis in this scene deliver a blatant parody of this ubiquitous part of 2017’s internet political discourse.
“How can they promote violence toward us just because we have a different point of view?” wonders one of the characters, an actual Nazi. In a society where many people believe calling someone “racist” is worse than actually being racist, this is trenchant stuff.
Robinson calls it “my favorite video game thing I’ve seen in a long time.”
The replies to him, from people who didn’t find the dialogue particularly funny, add another layer of entertainment. There’s some irony being missed, here.
Seriously, people use the term nazi against anyone who isn't "progressive". Then they use that to de-platform people they don't like.— Vrom (@vromnc) July 27, 2017
So you admit the left is violent terrorists to the point they even Nazis are disgusted by them?— Aqua-sama (@based_aqua) July 27, 2017
It's fun to do violent acts against racist national socialists, isn't it?— Joe Palmer (@gojoepalmer) July 27, 2017
Yes people justifying violence by calling random victims nazi's is so cool:D punching and running away gives SUCH a thrill! #Resist— LuFalcon (@LuFalcony) July 28, 2017
Wait are they making a comment that we're nazis and despite everything we say, we do terrible tings or r they showing perception of the SJW— Agent Blueberry (@agentbluebarrry) July 28, 2017
This might be the most divisive scene in the game, though. Its developers told The Verge it was meant to be “timeless,” not a commentary on current U.S. politics. Still, said creative director Jens Matthies, “Every once in a while, you can’t resist slipping a joke or two about the state of the world.”
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.