A Canadian game developer has canceled the release of its controversial mobile game “Dirty Chinese Restaurant” in the wake of a massive online backlash in which the game was slammed for being unabashedly racist.
The game puts the player in charge of a Chinese restaurant which is depicted as a sweatshop-like, semi-illegal business. The player’s tasks in the game involve hunting stray cats and dogs for food, committing tax evasion and hiring illegal immigrants.
Last month, it drew criticism from both netizens and politicians alike, with New York congresswoman Grace Meng saying that “this game uses every negative and demeaning stereotype that I have ever come across as a Chinese American.”
At first, the game’s developer, Big-O-Tree Games said that “Dirty Chinese Restaurant” was simply “satire” influenced by South Park and Jay-Z. However, when that somehow failed to quiet the criticism, the developer changed course, releasing a statement on Facebook last Thursday saying that it had decided to pull the game and apologizing to the Chinese community:
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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