Bungie is changing a gauntlet in Destiny 2 that was based on an alt-right symbol, the developer said today.
“It’s come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 shares elements with a hate symbol. It is not intentional. We are removing it,” the company said on Twitter this afternoon. “Our deepest apologies. This does NOT represent our values, and we are working quickly to correct this. We renounce hate in all forms.”
Although Bungie did not specify the gauntlet—and the company has not returned a request for comment—Redditors quickly discerned that the “Road Complex AA1,” pictured above, fits the bill. The design on these gloves bears a striking resemblance to the Kekistan flag, an alt-right symbol that itself is based on Nazi symbology:
Image via Southern Poverty Law Center
Although the word “kek” originated as a World of Warcraft meme, it has since been repurposed by alt-right internet denizens as a symbol of white nationalism, not unlike Pepe the Frog. As the Southern Poverty Law Center, an American advocacy organisation that monitors hate groups, points out, alt-right protesters have carried this flag at various rallies and demonstrations.
“The banner’s design, in fact, perfectly mimics a German Nazi war flag, with the Kek logo replacing the swastika and the green replacing the infamous German red,” writes the SPLC. “Alt-righters are particularly fond of the way the banner trolls liberals who recognise its origins.”
It’s not yet clear whether Bungie will remove the gauntlets entirely or simply alter the design.