CTR Nitro Fueled includes a racially insensitive skin for Tawna [see staff post: discussion guidelines]

Nov 4, 2018
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Tawna and the Nitro Squad are characters that were introduced in the latest content update for the game. Each character has a set of skins and one of the ones for Tawna is pretty insensitive in my opinion. One of her skins changes the fur color of Tawna to a much darker tone and is called Watermelon Tawna

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Watermelon Skin:


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Okay so here's a higher quality image. I've blanked out my PSN Username, and that's the only edit I've done.



Also, I don't know if this is HDR Messing with me or not, but the actual skin looks a fair bit different than the one in the portrait.

Frankly I find this to be pretty upsetting and I hope this was something done out of ignorance. I hope bringing this to the developer’s attention will lead to change. Personally I would try to get rid of the watermelon motif and name.
 
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Star-Lord

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Oct 25, 2017
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Tawna and the Nitro Squad are characters that were introduced in the latest content update for the game. Each character has a set of skins and one of the ones for Tawna is pretty insensitive in my opinion. One of her skins changes the fur color of Tawna to a much darker tone and is called Watermelon Tawna

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Watermelon Skin:


Frankly I find this to be pretty upsetting and I hope this was something done out of ignorance. I hope bringing this to the developer’s attention will lead to change. Personally I would try to get rid of the watermelon motif and name.
Yeah I can see why, I think if they didnt make the skin colour darker then I'd be okay but yeah, i dont know who approved that choice.
 

Stygr

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Oct 26, 2017
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I dont understand, where's the issue? The darker skin or the name of the skin?
 

Oudone79

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I thought It was fur.
 

Kamek

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Oct 27, 2017
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Perhaps it's the quality of the screenshots posted, but initially I didn't read the whole post, but just looked at the pictures, and I didn't see it. The skin color doesn't look drastically darker, but again, it could just be the quality of the screen shot which isn't that good IMO.

Are there other "watermelon" skins for the other characters? Is this a consistent motif for all of the characters? If so, then I would definitely say it's problematic. If not, I don't think it was an intentional decision.

Edit: On second thought If it's the ONLY watermelon, then perhaps it WAS an intentional decision.

What is the fourth skin choice name/skin color? That one also seems a bit darker based on the avatar.
 

Hektor

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Oct 25, 2017
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Wow, that's horrible. Why would you name it that?
Because her shirt looks like the inside of a watermelon (hard to see with how low-rez that pic is)

Wether that's an unfortunate coincidence or an offensive joke, who knows, but i guess it's better if they change it. They could swasp the water melon motif with one of her other skins.
 

aisback

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Oct 27, 2017
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I was looking at it like nothing was wrong.

Then I saw the name and what the fuck
 

Mesoian

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Oct 28, 2017
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Man, what a whirlwind of emotion I just went through.

"Oh a dark skinned skin for Tawna, that's actually pretty coo- FUCK ME RUNNING!"

Jesus christ you guys...
 

AM_LIGHT

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Oct 30, 2017
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I was thinking that doesn’t look so bad until I read the name . Holly shit WTF were they thinking!
 

Lant_War

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Knowing the kind of people that work at Beenox I really trust they weren't Ill intentioned, but that's pretty bad lol. Hopefully they'll patch it
 

Rowsdower

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Oct 27, 2017
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Because her shirt looks like the inside of a watermelon (hard to see with how low-rez that pic is)

Wether that's an unfortunate coincidence or an offensive joke, who knows, but i guess it's better if they change it. They could swasp the water melon motif with one of her other skins.
Oh. I see now. The low res is not helping that. Just looked like a regular pink shirt to me.
 

Servbot24

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Oct 25, 2017
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That's unfortunate. Watermelon I would presume refers to the color of her clothing, but it's too bad that no one caught the issue at any point. Hopefully they change it quickly.
 

Lant_War

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Perhaps it's the quality of the screenshots posted, but initially I didn't read the whole post, but just looked at the pictures, and I didn't see it. The skin color doesn't look drastically darker, but again, it could just be the quality of the screen shot which isn't that good IMO.

Are there other "watermelon" skins for the other characters? Is this a consistent motif for all of the characters? If so, then I would definitely say it's problematic. If not, I don't think it was an intentional decision.

Edit: On second thought If it's the ONLY watermelon, then perhaps it WAS an intentional decision.

What is the fourth skin choice name/skin color? That one also seems a bit darker based on the avatar.
Oxide has a Watermelon skin that basically makes him green and pink
 

KillstealWolf

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Perhaps it's the quality of the screenshots posted, but initially I didn't read the whole post, but just looked at the pictures, and I didn't see it. The skin color doesn't look drastically darker, but again, it could just be the quality of the screen shot which isn't that good IMO.

Are there other "watermelon" skins for the other characters? Is this a consistent motif for all of the characters? If so, then I would definitely say it's problematic. If not, I don't think it was an intentional decision.

Edit: On second thought If it's the ONLY watermelon, then perhaps it WAS an intentional decision.

What is the fourth skin choice name/skin color? That one also seems a bit darker based on the avatar.
Fourth Skin is Safari, it gives her a green shirt and a tiger like pattern for her fur.

The name is Watermelon because her shirt is a Watermelon pattern. They probably change that name ASAP though.

Third Skin is simply called White. Similar naming probably could be done for the second skin.
 

sabrina

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I feel dumb for missing the implications earlier. I usually race with that skin because I like how the colors work together, but now I'll feel bad if I do. I hope they change it.
 

Joltik

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Oct 25, 2017
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This is why companies need more diverse work forces(and to also listen to their employees too), so you won't have screw ups like this.
 

III-V

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Oct 25, 2017
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Are you certain they changed her skin/fur color? I guess they did considering they changed her hair as well. Thats fucked up. The checkerboard also looks darker between the two images, unless it also undulates in the game.
 

modiz

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Oct 8, 2018
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I think that the title should be changed to reflect this is about the name of the skin and not the skin itself.

On topic: god damn, they need to change this ASAP.