Petition Started to Have ‘Mortal Kombat’ Sexualized Again
Fans complaining about the lack of scantily clad female characters in the upcoming 'Mortal Kombat 11' have started a petition to bring revealing outfits back.
As more characters have been revealed for the next 'Mortal Kombat' game, fans noticed that characters like Skarlet and Jade, who once wore highly revealing outfits, are more covered than they have been in the past:
In an interview with Polygon, NetherRealm Studios' art director Steve Beran explained the change in style,
Our character lead, Brendan George, has been a breath of fresh air of just introducing new ideas. Our design is just getting more mature and respectful. You’re not going to wear a bikini to a fight. You’re not going to be showing so much skin. I think it’s just what the game is about: You’re going in to fight for your life, and you’re not going to be wearing such scantily clad items.
I’m sure that will disappoint some fans. We don’t have bathing suit fighters, and I think that’s fine. If people are disappointed, I don’t regret making that change by any means.
In response, one fan started a petition on Change.org with the hope of getting NetherRealm studios to add costumes from 'Mortal Kombat 9' as options in the new game. 'Mortal Kombat 9' featured female characters wearing little-no-nothing in battle, and a battle damage system to the clothing that would regularly result in female characters having a breast almost completely uncovered by the end of the fight:
The petition, which is currently at 1,700 signatures of its 2,500 goal, accuses NetherRealm Studios of succumbing to pressure to be politically correct, and being hypocritical by allowing male characters to be shirtless,
I and many other long term fans are petitioning the creators of Mortal Kombat, NetherRealm Studios, to bring the iconic female character designs from 2011's Mortal Kombat reboot (aka MK9), as they were in MK9 (remodeled obviously, but keep the designs close) to Mortal Kombat 11 as an option for the female characters such as Jade, Skarlet and Kitana along with more idealized body shapes like the one allegedly being utilized for the "Kold War Skarlet" skin that's being made exclusive to Russian gamers.
The reason we are petitioning for this is not for gratification, but because many of us are beginning to feel that NetherRealm studios has caved in to political correctness and the neutering of the Mortal Kombat franchise is well underway and it needs to be addressed. I, and many other fans, felt that the scantily clad women added to the overall, over-the-top atmosphere of MK2-MK9.
Why do the male characters in Mortal Kombat 11 run around shirtless and even half-naked while female characters are decked out head-to-toe? Will the blood and gore content be toned down in MK12 to appease parents, politicians and church groups? When does the pandering and kneeling to people that more than likely will never play an MK game stop?
Others speaking out against the changes made to 'Mortal Kombat 11' say they are concerned about censorship killing the over-the-top franchise, but don't take into account that the level of gore and violence shown so far is higher than it has ever been in the franchise's history.
At least they've been able to make the petition to have Shaggy from 'Scooby-Doo' as a playable character seem tame.