Overwatch's Mei Is Becoming A Symbol Of The Hong Kong Resistance

After Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai called for the liberation of Hong Kong, Blizzard suspended the Hearthstone player and withheld any prize money.

The decision has been widely criticised. Fans have now started posting images of Overwatch hero Mei supporting the Hong Kong protests as a show of solidarity.

In Overwatch, Mei hails from Xi’an, China. By turning her into a symbol of the Hong Kong resistance, fans are showing the character standing up to Chinese rule while thumbing their noses at Blizzard.

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Photoshops originated on r/HongKong (here and here) with Redditors encouraging each other to share the images. Twitter users have also been uploading images.

Screenshot: r/HongKong, FloL00L

Mei isn’t the only Overwatch character being used to show support for the Hong Kong protests.


Comments

    The problem though is this will trigger the outcome Activision tried to avoid.

    There is no denying that Activision's are so they can continue to operate in China (it is a big market after all).

    But I can see at the very least Overwatch being removed unless Activision remove Mei.

    And before those with hair triggers start and try to assume my opinion for me and then project that opinion on to me as though it was fact, the people protesting now have every right to protest and my statement above does not imply otherwise.

      The problem though is this will trigger the outcome Activision tried to avoid.
      There is no denying that Activision's are so they can continue to operate in China (it is a big market after all).
      But I can see at the very least Overwatch being removed unless Activision remove Mei.

      I'm pretty sure that's the stated objective of many of the activists trying to make Mei synonymous with HK protest.

      Last edited 10/10/19 8:16 am

      The problem though is this will trigger the outcome Activision tried to avoid.

      I think that's the point. The apparant aim is to place Activision-Blizzard in that position, but with the added down-side that everyone outside China is still pissed at them, making an example to other companies/industries.

      That means the people using Mei for this win. They are trying to force ActivisionBlizzard to do something as rediculous as remove Mei or get Overwatch banned in China.

      Yes. That is the goal. Make Mei the new symbol of Hong Kong's resistance. Or atleast meme it until China bans blizzard products. Share this shit out. As one of the tweets clearly states. The idea being Blizzard harshly punished someone for having an opinion about his own country to avoid China banning them, so people are hoping to punish Blizzard back by turning their Chinese Overwatch representative Mei against them so it's a lose lose for Blizzard. They can either remove Mei or worry about having no game in China. It's rather genius.

        How does that expression go? An eye for an eye will only make the world blind?

        There's no denying Activision acted in bad form.

        But trying to get the game banned? Sound very much like Cancel Culture and effectively gives the high ground to Activision.

          I think people invest WAY too much confidence in expressions like "An eye for an eye will only make the world blind" as if they have factual status.
          They do not. For example, you CAN'T "do anythng you put your mind to". It's just wasy ways of simplifying reality in order to avoid thinking more deeply or implementing a new process that allows for a different outcome.
          An eye for an eye is how society has been fought for and built throughout history.
          No it does not always work, but organisms attack when threatened or a predatory opportunity presents itself. It's why sharks have teeth and moose have antlers.

        Its an effective way of showing support for the HK protestors and disdain for Activision but it's highly unlikely that we'll see Mei pulled from the game or a ban against Blizzard and its products in China.

        The whole thing relies on the misconception that Winnie the Pooh is completely banned in China, thanks to overzealous media coverage.
        Images of Winnie the Pooh along side Xi Jinping was the target of censorship but images and products of the character are still widely available and untouched.
        (The film was banned though and it also pays to note that the Pooh/Xi pics can still be found on websites in China)

        So really, at this stage the only thing that will happen is the image itself will get censored or it will incite opposing fans to retaliate with pro-China Mei artwork.

    Solidarity with HK.
    Solidarity with Mei.

      I eagerly await the CCP banning Mei or Overwatch. It will be glorious.

    Oh man blizzcon will be fun this year. Wonder if the they will even allow people to ask questions live on stream.

      that will be funny, the live stream will suddenly cut out and thousands of people will rage at blizzard demanding a refund for the virtual pass

      I can imagine the worst of all outcomes ..... the presents get on stage and find the room empty.

        That would be the best outcome, the worst outcome would be them announcing Diablo 4/Overwatch 2 and everybody getting caught up in that instead.

          This will probably happen.

          We live in the President Trump timeline, remember.

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