Anti-christ Pokémon

Did you know that Abra, Kadabra and Alakazam was targeted by conservative Christian groups as representing anti-Christian aspects of the franchise?

Oh yeah. A pastor from Palm Beach, Florida refered to the symbols on their head as “a pentagram” and claimed the symbol on their chests were representing Nazi Germany’s SS-symbol.  (And while we’re at it, I noticed something weird researching this case. Check out the Kiss logo.)
Also, an Israeli “psychic”-magician, Uri Gellar, who claimed to bend spoons with his mind, sued Nintendo saying Kadabra’s Japanese name was an “unauthorized appropriation of his identity”.
Geller sued for 100 million dollars, but lost.
Sucks for him, I guess.

The madness doesn’t stop here, people.
The Pokémon Jynx was claimed to be a negative racial stereotype of African-Americans.
Jynx design was then changed from being originally black, to purple. They also had to recolor Jynx as dark gray rather than black in the manga.
But racism is not all, several animal groups have tried to ban Pokémon, saying it resembles cockfights, and is promoting animal cruelty. *sigh*
In Saudi Arabia in 2001, they banned the Pokémon franchise, claiming it encouraged gambling and promoted Zionism. Some other outspoken, fundamentalist Muslims claimed that Pokémon was a Jewish conspiracy that was intended to brainwash Muslim children to make them renounce their faith. These same groups claimed that the word «Pokémon» is a phrase that means «I am Jewish«.
And of course, the “Evolution vs. Creationism” conflict was also commonly brought up.


> What’s your view on this? Do you agree with any of the statements?

Sources:
Bulbapedia
Wikipedia, Pokémon, Video game controversies

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18 kommentarer

  1. Wow, that was actually really interesting. I’ve never thought about it like that before and did not know of these conflicts around Pokémon. Oh well, I’m still a fan and will always be. {:

    • Interesting indeed!
      But it’s true, once you’re a fan, that’ll never change. Pokémon rules. (:

  2. Those crazy Japanese Jews and their secret brainwashing video game franchises that are worth billions of dollars, when will they learn?

  3. Haha! Those Japanese are crazy, but we just got to love them.
    I’m a fan of pokemon, but I didnt know this. That was really interesting!
    Thanks for sharing the facts with us :3

  4. I’ve never even thought about these things before. It’s really interesting. I still think Pokémon is awesome, though.

    Keep up the good work 😀

  5. HAHAHAHA wow! Who knew Pokemon could create such a religious controversy. But i can assure you as a practising muslim that most of our people love Pokemon. Like seriously, it’s what makes us get up in the morning ❤

    • Hahaha, It’s good to hear, I guess people can go «ALL MUSLIMS think this and that»…

  6. Just the other day I was thinking about the animal cruelty thing. «Hmm, I wonder if the fighting offends them.» Sure enough, it does…

    And the Jynx racial stereotype thing… really? Geez. These over-sensitive people will complain about ANYTHING. Just because something is colored in all black doesn’t mean it’s to mock black people. Geez. My shadow isn’t racist. Stickmen on signs aren’t racist. Adding white eyes and a mouth… of any color really… doesn’t make it racist. When the character starts to do the Charleston and talks like a slave «O yessir yessir I sorry sir» THEN you can call it racist. People need to stop ASSOCIATING everything blackface. They’re LOOKING for it everywhere they can because THEY are the ones uncomfortable with it, IE. they don’t TOLERATE it. Everybody else tolerates it, matter of fact, people tolerate «blackfaced» things so much, we don’t even THINK about the possible racist connotations. And what is racism? Oh ya, INTOLERANCE. So… those very same over-sensitive people are just shooting themselves in the foot, being racist themselves. THEY need to get over it and join the rest of the world.

    And the Abra / Kadabra / Alakazam thing is just asinine. Oh yes, Japan REALLY cares about some quack psychic. Not only do they not care, they probably don’t even know that guy EXISTS. And it’s SOOOO obviously that the Nazis have their messages everywhere, even after more than 70 years of the fall of Nazi Germany. AND, not only are Nazi messages, but it’s ALSO Jewish propaganda somehow.

    The pentagram thing is also retarded. INVERTED pentagrams, MAYBE. IF you want to be some nutjob fundeMENTAList… but really, it’s just a STAR!

    And gambling? People need to realize there’s a HUGE difference between playing a game with FICTIONAL money that you won’t actually lose and REAL money loss that can put you in the poor house. Doesn’t matter if I «gamble» away all my GAME money, I still have a REAL home to live in and food to eat and gambling with fake money or cards is NOT going to make me want to do it with REAL money. If anybody IS that stupid, they DESERVE to lose everything for real.

    Oh and speaking of gambling, I’m a sane person but I love thinking of things which I can spoon feed to crazy people so that THEY will then complain about it just to watch how narrow-minded, gullible they are and how easy it is to manipulate them. Ok, here goes: now that Pokemon Black and White are out, there are exactly 649 Pokemon. 649, or 6/49 is a common name for lotteries in Canada – as in, pick 6 out of 49 numbers. Therefore: THEY ARE PROMOTING GAMBLING BY BETTING ALL YOUR MONEY IN CANADIAN LOTTERIES! Now, see how stupid that sounds? Just you watch. If any of those crazy fundementalist people come to this site and read this comment, they WILL start saying it promotes gambling playing the lottery.

    I was a kid when Pokemon first came out, and I played the games, traded the cards and watched the show and I can safely say that I NEVER once though about Jews, Nazis, gambling, animal cruelty, that one psychic guy that I’ve never heard of, Satanism or racism. Wanna know why? Because I was well adjusted. NO kid thinks about that sort of thing until crazy ADULTS tell them about it and PUT the idea in the kids head. And even then, most kids WILL NOT CARE. IT’S JUST A FUCKING GAME! GO PREACH TO YOUR SCREWBALL FRIENDS WHO AGREE WIHT YOU AND HAVE A BIG CRAZY CIRCLE JERK!!! Just leave the rest of us SANE people out of it. PLEASE!

    • Wow, just wow…
      I’m pleased to see that someone took the time to really reflect and speak out about this post, I am truly amazed, thank you!

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