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The Bigoted TRUTH Behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The famous Nintendo series Animal Crossing is another game that is targeted towards children with it’s cutesy art-style and minimalist control design. However, the dreadful series should be kept as far away from our impressionable children as possible.

Transphobia

Before even starting Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you are forced to go through a series of questions from Timmy and Tommy, who are talking racoons, including when is your birthday, and what would your island to look like (an option of 4 choices). After that you are met with a “Are you a male or female?”. This menu is clearly transphobic as they could have offered a number of additional gender options.

Are you Male or Female? Pic from Animal Crossing: New Horizons

TOM NOOK

Following Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ transphobic menu you are immediately jumped to an inhabited island and abruptly met with Tom Nook, which is the most problematic character you’ll meet in any video game ever. Tom Nook is also a talking raccoon (pictured below) and “Coon” is North American short for raccoon, however, it is also a racial slur for a POC. In addition to this, Tom Nook is Timmy and Tommy’s uncle that you met at the beginning and they join you on your island- “Uncle Tom” is another slur for a male POC. Absolutely despicable.

Racist cartoon “Tom Nook”

Colonialism, Sub-sequential Slavery, and Capitalism

You are presumably human, while all of the other characters in this game are talking animals. You buy a plane ticket from Tom Nook to fly to an indigenous island with where you are suddenly bothered to start colonizing it- ruining it’s natural habitat with infrastructure, foreign fruits, and capitalism.

You move to this island and set up your tent, town square area, and the tents for other talking animals that apparently have joined you. After that, you go back to Tom Nook, surrounded by his two “nephews” who tell you that you owe him thousands of bells, the currency of this game.

Mr. Nook is clearly a loan shark, and he and his nephews represent members of the mafia, whom you are now forever in debt to.

Tom Nook and the mafia blocking your exit of their shop

In order to pay for your trip to the island, house, and whatever else you wish to purchase, you are forced to capture indigenous flora and fauna, like fruit, butterflies, and fish to sell to these citizens, despite the citizens being talking animals or talking fish themselves.

Tom Nook is essentially just a landlord, and landlords are the parasites of the earth. They provide no service to society. They produce nothing of value themselves and provide no useful skill, labor, or talent, and get paid an inordinate amount of money just for owning real-estate that they didn’t even help to produce. They give nothing to society and yet take so much.

Gentrification & Classism

The game starts with your characters in tents, then progresses to a small house, then eventually becoming a mansion, all while exploiting capitalism and glorifying gentrification every step of the way.

You will eventually gain the ability to destroy the island as it originally stood, shaping it to however you’d like, but what is wrong with the original beauty of this once desolate, beautiful island?

You are able to trade fruit trees (among other things) with other players’ islands, bringing in a potentially invasive species into your island that you have already destroyed by now.

Nazism & White Supremacy Propaganda

The game also features Nazi flags and propaganda once you progress far enough into the game. As someone who is anti-fascist, I did not want to progress any further through the game once this was brought to my island, I wanted nothing to do with this game.

Nazi flag in Animal Crossing

Banned in China

The sale of “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is banned in China, and rightfully so. I applaud China for being progressive and condemning this disgusting game that people thing is appropriate for children while it is riddled with so much hatred and subliminal messaging.

Good on you, China! THANK YOU!

Jamie Barton
Jamie graduated majoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and minoring in Journalism. Jamie currently works as the Editor-In-Chief for Cinch News and an editor for the sister companies with Globe Media Holdings. She believes in empowerment through writing and social activism, encouraging inclusivity, representation, and self-love.

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Jamie r u joking

yo is this a joke im actually confused lmfao

Jamie wtf

Literally,

-They never refer to you as a male or female, hell they never give you pronouns and you can switch between them if you want

-So you wanna ban raccoons? They never chose the name. Do you also wanna ban nuggets for sounding like the n-word?

-How tf is it slavery if they can chose weather or not they wanna stay there. “HELP MY NEIGHBOR LET ME INTO THEIR HOUSE PLS HELP IM BEING ENSLAVED!1!1!”

-You can report them for adding the flag in, and it was FULLY the player’s option to make it or not. The game didn’t give it to you for free, make a trans flag or some.

-China banned a character for having big tiddies lmfao.

yo chill out there jamie holy shit

“Do you also wanna ban nuggets for sounding like the n-word?”

You never know

Yamammamammalalalma

First off Tom Nook is a Tanooki! Which is a Japanese sign for good fortune. Second off it’s not a mafia they just follow you. Third off China banned it because people were using it to protest the Chinese government. That’s on the people not the game. So please educate yourself on the AC Series idiot.

Lol ok bro

1. You edited that nazi symbol yourself, anyone can produce any design flag.
2. Tom is not a racoon, he is a tanooki, which is a Japanese sign of good luck.
3. It’s not a mafia at all, they’re just two tanookis that just follow you
4. The Chinese ban is on the people not the govt.
5. Yes, you can change your gender once you get a mirror in the game, but the point is you can change it regardless.
Please educate yourself on the game before you get a reality check by yours truly, thank you and fuck you. -10/10

Shut the fuck up

you have to MAKE the flag in the first place for it to be shown, so by the looks of it, you’re the nazi here for allowing yourself to create that flag, not the game’s fault that you’re a dumbass.

Not Jamie B

You should fucking zip your mouth shut instead of posting this stupid ass “news”
This isn’t journalism, this is just opinion exploitation.
You are literally getting offended by *everything*, even if it isn’t true.
No one is proud of you.
You are the cancer of the internet.
Again, this is fucking bullshit.

Nona jobizniz

it sounds like you are hating on yourself

Nona jobizniz

oh nvm

Nona jobizniz

Jamie, sorry, but you are the one getting offended by
everything, also, if this is not journalism. then why is it called cinchnews?

James R

This is the worst piece of journalism I have ever seen in my life, and that’s saying a lot. You are part of the reason “Journalist” has such a stigma as a career and position.

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