wow, SuperCell. I thought you were a progressive company who cares about the image BIPOC have in media, but apparently you do not. The fact that perhaps the most well known Black character in mobile gaming history, the Hog Rider, is such an obvious racist caricature is the biggest fucking yikes moment in gaming no one is talking about.
First off, the mere FACT that he’s a BLACK guy whose only purpose is DESTROYING BUILDINGS should say a lot about the situation. This is clearly trying to go off the harmful and untrue stereotype that Black people are only good for mindless destruction. This applies to the Ram Rider as well, except slightly less because the Ram Rider has an actual use for defence.
Second off: Let’s look at his counters.
While most buildings in Clash Royale can stop a major portion of the damage the Hog Rider deals, there’s only 4 cards that can stop him completely:
1. Inferno Tower – This is a clear reference to how the KKK burned black people.
2&3. Elite Barbarians and Barbarians – Oh my god. The only troops that can reliably counter a BLACK guy are also the 2 only ARYAN MEN IN THE GAME???? The racist undertones couldn’t be more obvious!
4 – Goblin Cage – Lord have mercy. A JAIL CELL DEFEATS A BLACK MAN!? I CANNOT BE MAKING THIS UP! THIS IS, QUITE FRANKLY, UNACCEPTABLE!
Third, let’s not forget the fact that in Clash of Clans, he is made from DARK elixir. Implying that he is, in fact, a creature, and not a human being.
So yeah, I think I made my point clear. If SuperCell truly cares about Black lives and racial equality, they should either remove the Hog Rider from the game, or fix the issues I mentioned. Until then, I will not play Clash Royale, Clash of Clans or any SuperCell game again.