Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has issued a statement calling for Blizzard to remove legendary skins for Symmetra, as they “trivialized Hinduism’s highly revered goddesses.”
The skins in question bear a likeness to the Hindu goddess Devi, which conflicts with Hindu beliefs, as Zed explains “in a video game set-up, the player controlled the movements of Devi, while in reality the devotees put the destinies of themselves in the hands of their goddesses.”
Zed acknowledged that he stands for free speech, but this case does not qualify for such a label as “faith was something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees.” He has asked Blizzard to stand by its “core values” as an industry leader and remove the controversial skins.
This is not the first time Rajan Zed has been vocal about videogame characters, having previously asked Hi-Rez studios to remove Hindu gods from Smite, taking particular issues with the sexualised appearance of the deities.
Personally I did find the appearance of Symmetra’s legendary skins questionable when I first saw them due to the issue being so heated in the past. There are no references in the game to Symmetra worshiping Hinduism, so they could easily be scrapped for something more appropriate, as Blizzard have done so in the past with Tracer’s infamous butt pose.
In the future “video game makers should be more sensitive while handling faith related subjects, as these games left lasting impact on the minds of highly impressionable children, teens and other young people” said Zed.
Blizzard are yet to comment on the issue.