Since even before its launch in 2016, Overwatch it has been the subject of criticism and controversy. Now, a new debate originated on social networks and the protagonist is the latest Mei skin that debuted in the popular Blizzard multiplayer.
On April 28, Blizzard revealed and released the MM-Mei skin, which dresses Mei in an outfit inspired by mixed martial arts. In this way, it is possible to see the Chinese heroine wearing gloves, a boxing robe and a champion’s belt. However, the braids, one of the most characteristic elements of the new legendary look, were the subject of criticism on social networks.
According to some players, the braids that Mei uses is another example of cultural appropriation. This is due to the fact that this type of hairstyle is generally associated with the African-American community.
In the original post, we can read comments from people asking Blizzard to remove the skin from the game, while others just asking to change the hairstyle. At the other extreme, a sector of the community defends the new look, and they assure that Zhang Weili, a renowned Chinese mixed martial arts fighter, wears braids when fighting.
Who at Blizzard thought it was a good idea to give Mei a hairstyle that her hair texture could never pull off and would have no reason to??? Like clearly the Overwatch team is intentionally trolling Black people, cuz y’all still haven’t learned.
— Raffy Regulus #NYCGaymers (@raffyregulus) April 29, 2021
This is loosely based on Zhang Weili. Former Female MMA Straw-weight champion from China. pic.twitter.com/lIFT9bN2tU
— Guilt (@Guilt_83) April 28, 2021
How to get the new skin of mei in overwatch?
Despite the controversy, it appears that the skin will remain in the game. Thus, players interested in acquiring it will be able to do so by investing 200 tokens, the currency that is obtained when watching the games of the Overwatch League.
It should be mentioned that the aspect will only be available until next May 11, and it is presumed that after that date it can no longer be obtained in any way.
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But tell us, what do you think of this controversy? Do you think it is justified? Let us read you in the comments.