Kounu Apologizes for Possible Racism in LocoRoco

June 3, 2007 at 3:56 am 1 comment

Last year, a 1Up blogger dug up pictures of “blackface”-people, or people who portrayed African-Americans degradingly during the 1800s and early to mid-1900s and compared it to that of the Mojya characters–deeming it was intentional racism (many people who agreed with this blogger also claimed that many Japanese people were racist, of which I also disagreed). I was a critic of this blogger–it was my opinion that it was not the intention of any of LocoRoco’s developers and designers to make Mojya’s like that because of the race issue. It might be too little, too late for the offended, but Tsutomo Kouno, LocoRoco’s creator, apologized for any harm he may have caused in an interview from GamesIndustry: “I have been asked this question [about whether LocoRoco was racist] many times by American [journalists]. I never cared about that. I was surprised – I was just very ignorant of the fact that it was becoming a big thing. Because people talk about this, it means they care about the issue – and I’m sorry for that to happen. I like the black LocoRoco the most; they’re the coolest”.

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