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The alt-right is upset about a conversation between Nazis in ‘Wolfenstein 2’

So much for the tolerant left.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 28, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 10:23 pm CDT

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:

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.

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.”

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*First Published: Jul 28, 2017, 4:16 pm CDT