A group of professional women’s soccer players believes the video game “FIFA 23” was intentionally trying to make people of color look bad in its gameplay.
The National Women’s Soccer League Players Association (NWSLPA) published a statement telling FIFA to do better at making black women look more accurate in the game. This is the first time that gamers will be able to select women’s teams when playing FIFA, since the most unwatchable league in existence has finally become big enough to be included in the game.
NWSLPA’s complaint came after Angel City FC forward Sydney Leroux tweeted out her displeasure over how she looked in the game.
I know you expect women to just be thankful and grateful that you’ve given us a little sliver of publicity but please stop wasting our time. Some of us are bald. pic.twitter.com/DK6jut5YmS— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) March 23, 2023
“We insist on immediate action from EA to rectify the offensive and inauthentic portrayals of players of color in FIFA 23, which were released yesterday,” the league said in a statement provided to CNN last week.
While I agree this should be fixed, it's not indicative of FIFA purposefully trying to make black people look stupid.
In today’s world, games get updated after they are initially released, and within those updates mistakes like these are fixed. It's not a problem that is unique to the women’s players of “FIFA 23” either. Liverpool FC forward Darwin Nunez’s character also looked horrible and nothing like his real-life self.
There’s no “offensive and inauthentic” targeting going on here, just a league looking to make headlines -- which is hard since no one cares about the NWSL.
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