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Online Video Game Forum Bans Sonic The Hedgehog Meme Over Cries Of Racism

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An online video game forum banned a Sonic the Hedgehog meme after condemnations of racism, according to a Monday report.

The forum for multiplayer online game Roblox banned the Ugandan Knuckles meme, alleging it was “based in racist jokes,” reported One Angry Gamer.

The Ugandan Knuckles meme originated in VR Chat, a game which allows players to create and explore virtual worlds. VR Chat players ran around as disfigured versions of Knuckles from “Sonic the Hedgehog” and used sound bytes from “Who Killed Captain Alex?” a Ugandan action comedy film, including “show us the way” and “you do not know the way.” Videos of the meme received millions of views during the last few weeks on YouTube.

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“As you probably know, the meme known as ‘Ugandan Knuckles’ is very popular on the internet right now,” said a developer relations representative on the Roblox forum. “Unfortunately, the origins of the meme are based in racist jokes about the Ugandan people and the Swahili language. As such, images and references to the meme are not allowed on the Roblox website. Please refrain from uploading them.”

Users began posting memes of Pepe the Frog, which the Anti-Defamation League has declared a hate symbol.

Various other media progressives have branded the Ugandan Knuckles meme”problematic” or racist, including Julia Alexander of video game publication Polygon and Tristan Cooper, an editor at College Humor sister site Dorkly.

“Knuckles has six months at best before he becomes the new Pepe,” tweeted Cooper. “People are really attached to the racist meme, as it turns out.”

Meanwhile, Wakaliwood, the studio behind “Who Killed Captain Alex?” has shared a couple of the memes, as well as a message indicating that they are “loving” the meme.

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