This must be Capcom’s day for troubling ethnic issues.
This morning, GamePolitics reported that Resident Evil 5 was receiving harsh criticism over its depiction of African villagers as zombies to be mowed down by a white protagonist.
This afternoon the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which describes itself as America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, issued a press release announcing that the phrase Allahu akbar (“God is most Great”) would be removed from Capcom’s Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure. The puzzle adventure is scheduled for release on the Wii in October.
From the press release:
CAIR contacted Capcom after receiving a complaint about the use of the phrase in Capcom’s “Zack & Wiki” game. The Arabic phrase is one of the most frequently repeated religious statements made by Muslims and is used often in daily Islamic prayers…
In an e-mail to CAIR, a Capcom spokesperson wrote: “We have already contacted the team working on the game, and the phrase has been removed from the game and will not be heard in future videos released to the public.”
Said CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin:
We appreciated Capcom’s willingness to address Muslim concerns and applaud the company’s swift and appropriate actions.
The offending phrase may be heard in this E3 video: