Favela Map Temporarily Removed Due to Offensive Islamic Imagery
Activision is doing some damage control after a YouTube video brought to light something that’s upset many Muslim gamers. A user by the name KhaleDQ84EveR recorded footage of the Favela map to show that within one of the rooms there are two paintings that have frames decorated with quotes attributed to the prophet Muhammad. The user translates the writing to, “Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty.” One of the paintings is hanging above the toilet.
“And in Islam, it is forbidden to say or write anything about the Islamic religion in the bathrooms.”
The user goes on to say that millions of Muslims are mad and disappointed that Infinity Ward would disrespect their faith in this manner. As soon as this video started making rounds on the Call of Duty forums, Activision and Infinity Ward took down the map and released a statement to Kotaku to apologize to the Muslim community for the incident.
“We apologize to anyone who found this image offensive. Please be assured we were unaware of this issue and that there was no intent to offend. We are working as quickly as possible to remove this image and any other similar ones we may find from our various game libraries.
We are urgently working to release a Title Update to remove the texture from Modern Warfare 3. We are also working to remove the texture from Modern Warfare 2 through a separate Title Update. Until the TU is ready, we have removed the Favella multiplayer map from online rotation.
Activision and our development studios are respectful of diverse cultures and religious beliefs, and sensitive to concerns raised by its loyal game players. We thank our fans for bringing this to our attention.”
As the representative explained, the popular Rio de Janiro map will be accessible again once they’re able to remove the offensive imagery. However, as soon as the map was taken down, the video itself garnered some negative attention. KhaleDQ84EveR had to disable the comments and even edited his video to state that he knows everyone is mad, but he never asked the map be taken down. He was simply pointing out that it’s not right to insult a religion, because there’s a difference between Muslims and terrorists. Though, he does end the video with a promise to boycott future Call of Duty products if nothing is done, so there’s that.