Destiny 2 Has Armor Emblazoned With “KEK” Logo, Prompts Outrage

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Destiny 2’s launch has come and gone, however some controversy has arisen over a piece of legendary armor in the game.

Featured above, the armor purportedly has some resemblance to the infamous Kekistan meme flag, which you can find below:

This piece of armor is the Road Complex AA1 gauntlets, which you can view here on the official Bungie website.

While it’s debatable whether or not this actually was meant to come off as anything but some random design for a seemingly innocuous piece of armor, Vice’s gaming branch Waypoint immediately declared it a symbol of white supremacy, thus prompting Bungie to issue this apology:

It’s come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 shares elements with a hate symbol. It is not intentional. We are removing it. Our deepest apologies. This does NOT represent our values, and we are working quickly to correct this. We renounce hate in all forms.

Coming from this, Bungie is going to just remove the item entirely to avoid further controversy.

The usual outlets have already begun spinning their articles and constructing their theories, communities like NeoGAF are quick to get outraged, and so on. How do you guys feel about the fictitious nation of Kekistan, and its flag? Is meme magic real? Are we living in the alternate timeline? Sound off in the comments below!

Destiny 2 is now available for PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A PC release is coming on October 24th.

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  • Patrick Toworfe

    I can sort of see the resemblance, but I basically have to do forced picture comparison just to establish that. So this is the cause of outrage now? I mean, I dunno, I don’t fully understand why they had to issue an apology just cause of an accusation based on a comparison. But whatever, they’ll just remove it and move on. If I was Bungie, this isn’t a hill to die on. People and their outrage really gets tiring yknow

  • Because having balls these days is tantamount to being a racist, amirite?

  • Deadagent

    When will the kekistani opression end

  • 13penguins

    I was there when this flag was designed. it was made specifically to infuriate the easily triggered. I see it’s doing a beautiful job.

  • Captain Vidya

    The 2016 election season is the gift that keeps on giving.


  • Gaspar

    Well, we don’t have much real racism, so we have to invent it, or else how are we supposed to show how virtuous we are?

  • Gaspar

    It’s funny cause that’s the whole point of the kekistani meme.

  • Mr0303

    Aaand they immediately pussied out and removed it. The armour would be remembered for its honourable service to humour:

  • Renaissance_nerd

    The glorious Kekistani people are oppressed once again!

  • Thesimpleway

    Kekistan makes fun of identity politics of the left AND right – but having a moderate response to the identity politics of the right angers identity politics lefties. They like to show themselves as the only “Anti-Fascists” while aspiring just another authoritarian movement that ends up in an absolute human catastrophe. The IP left needs the IP right to justify themselves, they do this until the most brutal one between themselves wins, like it happened in Italy, Germany, Russia or China.

    Authoritarian IP movements are cancer. They do not tolerate moderate satire on their Bullshit so it doesn’t take away from their enemy, because if they don’t have that enemy, they lose their biggest appeal for new members.

  • Mechonis

    I keked

  • Yukimura Sanada


  • Uncle Ocelot

    The Kekistani meme can feel a little played out now but this was funny.

  • Mr0303

    I’d like to think that an artist sneaked that it. When questioned by Bungie why he did it he answered thusly:

  • Doc Hammer

    You can’t erase our proud heritage.

  • lucben999

    This will revitalize it. Nothing like triggering a bunch of SJWs to give a meme new life.

  • Arminds’ copy of Swank

    I’m sick of companies bowing to whiners. Vice sees the symbol as a hate symbol because their leftist snowflakes. It’s not a hate symbol and has nothing to do with white supremacy

  • Laytonaster

    Well, looks like people aren’t having it, ‘specially since it’s making maintenance take even longer than it should.

  • MusouTensei

    Fuck Waypoint.

  • jagged78


  • Ian S Hulett

    Don’t worry my fellow keks, the frog genocide will end soon. Keep standing for what we stand for and continue to #PraiseKek ! We WILL #FreeKekistan !


  • Ian S Hulett

    Shadilay, my brother in Kek!

  • Ian S Hulett

    Honestly, I’m getting sick of these stupid normies oppressing my people!

  • InkViper

    Are these people retard! the whole point of Kekistan and it’s flag is a satire on all forms of identity politics, not an endorsement, or a form of subversive camouflage for actual fascism! this is more evidence that the majority of these so-called games journalists/activists are doing more genuine harm to the industry than us supposed evil gamers. Fuck all of this PC shit.

  • digi_matrix

    The Kekistan flag was used in white supremacist rallies. It’s a hate symbol now, along with other symbols. It was designed to look like a Nazi flag. Do your research, people.

  • InkViper

    Some of us witnessed it’s Inception, it’s a piss take out of fascism and identitarian politics, and especially the one held by the far left, it is not an endorsement at all… So I suggest you do your research!

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    I honestly think it’s the funniest goddamn thing that a fucking shitposting frog has become the new swastika for some people.

  • InkViper

    It’s one thing for their political opponents to live rent free in their heads, but a fictional frog doing the same thing is a whole new level of retarded on their part.

  • Ina Pickle

    You have no idea what you are talking about.

  • deadman1984

    Congrats on making sure your sales drop immensely 😂

  • John Smith

    I was only going to buy the PC version because my friends were. I’m not even going to bother anymore

  • MAGA
  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)

    So the Internet is getting pissy about their made up religion being “oppressed”
    “B-b-b-but their bowing down to sjuus, they should stand their ground and keep it in”
    Well it looks like they’re standing their ground and keeping it out.

  • Guest

    Just look at this terrible white supremacist group

  • Riosine

    And the whole objective behind this Gay Frog army meme situation is just by pretending, with its future removal, destiny II will instantly become a good game? Smokescreen.

    welp I guess today internet can’t t help but to suck pepe Trans-dick

  • Neral Kujata

    I now know what gear I’m hunting for!

  • Neral Kujata

    Such white Much supremacist!

  • Feniks

    I sometimes wonder what would happen if a time traveller told Berners-Lee at CERN what horrors his work would inflict on mankind.

  • Alistair

    I just leave this here, scene 14.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    So fucking stupid. Politically motivated idiots self censoring for what they think is “The Greater Good”.

    Soon SJWs will begin running around in black robes and murdering anyone who isn’t politically correct.

  • Arenegeth

    I want to pretend to care about a Bungie game since Halo 1 (and Oni) but I can’t even give a little bit of a shit, especially about a multiplayer only game I wouldn’t play in a thousand years.

    As for the censoring? Well is business as usual isn’t it? It has happened before, and it will happen again until these people are either purged (cause there’s no waking up now) or the gaming sphere or media in general is decentralized out of coastal America, because that’s part of the problem with all the shit we’ve been experiencing when it comes to identity politics.

    And by ‘purged’ I don’t mean killed (though unfortunately it may come to that if this keeps escalating) I mean being removed from their position of influence and power.

    Also, has anyone considered that the similarity might be completely coincidental? Come to think of it, that Randy Pitchford fellow seems to look a bit like a Nazi doesn’t he? Hmmm, maybe somebody should ‘remove’ him too, you know, just to be safe, you can’t afford to have any hateful Nazi people around can ya?

    And that’s how authoritarian regimes start people…

  • John Smith

    bungie pussied out and removed the gear

  • sanic

    Well another case where I can’t not buy the game any harder than I already am, people seriously offended by this should be deported to portland.

  • Kessek

    Your autism is showing.

  • Kessek

    Not even a dent.

  • Dawn Blast


  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Yet I’ve heard that pre-sales of it are shit compared to the first one.

  • Loli de 42 lagrimas pelo Mirio


  • Laytonaster

    We’ve managed to make a clan in response to this. After some struggle, as Bungie have been censoring variations of “KEK” (buncha cucks), we’ve made Clan “Shadilay, My Guardians”.

    Clan Link:

  • InkViper

    Your mother owes me change.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Kotaku is that way —>

  • AnarKreig

    Good riddance, the knowledge of the kekistani need to be erased from history, for everyones sake.

  • FrankieL

    Looks more like “Ikeki” to me. But I guess that’s just me. I suppose when you’re always looking for something you tend to see it in everything.

  • entropy

    “We renounce hate in all forms. Except the hate that we just perpetrated against Kekistanis.”

  • entropy

    Also, trousers were worn at white supremacist rallies. By your bulletproof logic, trousers are symbols of hate.

    If you could have an adult conversation with these people, they wouldn’t be so painful.

  • entropy

    You wouldn’t like it if people called your culture a meme.

  • Get Up Early ✓ᴰᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    Just because some joyless liberal thinks anything and anybody they don’t like is a racist or Hitler doesn’t make it so. If you renounce hate in all it’s forms, how can you insult an entire Nation and all of it’s people and frog friends by calling them white supremanationalaphobes? Enough of this nonsense. The klan has 3000 members, most of them being informants. The largest nazi group in America has 400 members. There is nothing to worry about. They control nothing and have no power. Nobody except themselves support them. They have nothing to do with Kek, Trump, Republicans (who are exactly the same as dimocrats btw), or anybody else but themselves. Get over it.

    I guess the reason we are no longer playing in the Cosmodrome is because of muh Russia. Does Bungie sit down for the National Anthem now? FFS!

  • Get Up Early ✓ᴰᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    To pacify one libtard, they insult millions of regular people and call them white supremacists. Ridiculous.

  • Kiryu

    Is that even possible,game is already selling like shit.

  • Kiryu

    Kotaku is that way.—->

  • SevTheBear

    Jesus this is getting dumb. Bungie should really just don’t give a fuck. But hey, it’s their shitty game so they can do whatever they want.

  • uncle_alfred

    I am so glad to be alive in times, where people get upset about fictional green frog meme picture and its fictional meme “nation” being a new fascism.

  • Shinobu

    Liberals simply cannot meme. It’s such a sad thing.

  • GamerAlligator

    I’m glad I skip Destiny 2.

  • Neral Kujata

    F*****k now i’ll never be dank with the memes and the kek :<

  • NeoGAF is that way.

  • Aww, did the Kekistan flags hurt your feelings that much?

    Do your research, people

    I don’t think you’re in a position to tell others to do research when you clearly do not know what satire is.

  • Glad you brought this issue up, just when I was beginning to think that Niche Gamer was becoming intent on avoiding anything political that’s related to video games. Credit to you for this.

    You really should’ve done the same for the Hyper Universe censorship controversy as well.

  • At least they’re outright admitting now that Destiny 2 is the worst game of all time, and relies entirely on pandering to media controversy to remain relevant.

  • ProxyDoug

    Kekistan has a bad image, I think it’s time we start investing in trucks of peace.

  • Squirrel on crack cocaine.

    Oh will the madness ever end?

  • Snorlaxation

    I never even heard of this.
    I clicked on it thinking a Jontron reference was incoming.

    Or am I thinking of ‘Ech’?
    Gosh I can’t remember. If only he UPLOADED more often.

  • Jeremiah R.

    SJWs who won’t even play the game are offended? Oh my?!

    F*ck them, worthless idiots. It’s from WoW, it means LOL, you dolts.

  • dog god dog god

    Watch someone patch it in at the day of release

  • Sean Sharpe

    Ah, Vice. Leftie snowflakes when the puss off the right, fascist sympathers when they pies off the left.

  • The Blue Sharingan


  • Pocketmarmots

    It came from Koreans before that. A Korean Starcraft player typing “kekekeke” is like and American one typing “hahahaha.”

    In conclusion, Bungie are just racist.

  • Eugenio Gil de la Madrid

    Wow fuck Bungie. Nice job not having a spine.

  • Ruggarell

    This only happen in video games white people make LMAO.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Apparently triggered social media babies get to decide what is a hate symbol now. Before it was Pepe, now it’s this other made up joke flag? I assume literally anything that even slightly reminds them of 4chan is now also a “hate symbol” of “white nationalism”

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    It started after someone shouted “PEPE” at a Hillary rally, they must have thought it was alt-right code and googled it to find the nazi pepe variants, and mainstream media built up a completely off-base understanding of Pepe, alt-right, and online culture, assuming that if they killed off a mascot of alt-right then Trump would lose momentum. We’re seeing lingering remnants of a now-irrelevant smear tactic on the alt-right; though the attempted dismantling of the meme failed to achieve its political goal of slowing down Trumpers, it succeeded in making MSM hate 4chan with even more focused fervor.

  • Jeremiah R.

    Yep, our divine, glorious, supreme leader is black, very racist. Kek’s blessings upon Tyrone.

  • Jeremiah R.

    That’s a lie, sales have dropped 35%. Screw Bungie.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    When it comes to the gaming industry or games journalism, seems like you can just make up whatever you want people to think and say it’s fact and you never have to fess up if you’re caught.

    I mean despite the CON chatlogs and all of ZQ’s associates being outed many times as psychopathic doxx-loving hypocrites, she was still allowed to publish a fucking BOOK that just openly lies on every page, and gets to call herself a “game designer” despite never making even a single commercially successful game. Her being a perfect saint, much like internet trolls being evil alt-righter trumpers, is the mainstream “accepted truth” that can’t be overwritten with the real truth anymore.

    Worthless nobodies who could give less of a fuck about this hobby like ZQ and Dean Takahashi get to represent us and speak on our behalf despite being totally unqualified, and because of their incredibly toxic ideologies and the fact they get to rub shoulders with the most influential tech groups in the world, they’re poisoning the well at its sources.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    You have to pick your battles or it becomes a 2 Minutes Hate where they have to relay some stupid regressive shit every day to be pissed about. It never stops.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    you’re thinking harder about it than the whiny bitches who complain about this stuff.

    their motives are as simple as seeing a pepe image and assuming the entire group is a racist white nationalist cult and dismissing it as a result of their sweeping assumption. they likely don’t know anything or read into any of this stuff, if it’s associated with pepe then it’s associated with alt-right and as a result must be the worst group of racist sexist monsters ever.

  • Alisa

    I don’t even play Destiny but wow that’s so fucking dumb.

  • Captain Vidya

    >paying customers complain about something in a game that actively goes against their consumer rights (DRM)
    >no response other than “go to our support page”

    >people who won’t play the game complain about something in a game that hurts their feelings
    >instant response from the developers and immediate removal of thing

  • Tom Anderson

    It will end as soon as haters stop trying to trigger normies.

  • SiliconNooB

    The nation of kekistan meme is anti-white.

  • Way