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

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After Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai called for the liberation of Hong Kong, Blizzard suspended the Hearthstone player and withheld his prize money. The decision has been widely criticized. Fans have now started posting images of Overwatch hero Mei supporting the Hong Kong protests as a show of solidarity.

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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.

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

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Screenshot: r/HongKong (FloL00L)
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Mei isn’t the only Overwatch character being used to show support for the Hong Kong protests.

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DISCUSSION

Re: Talk of Protests at BlizzCon.

Stop it. Now.

Here’s something I think a lot of people are missing: Many people in China view what the Hong Kong protestors are doing as wrong - see the new Mulan actress:

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/08/mulan-boycott-liu-yifei-hong-kong-protests-police

Blizzard has a lot of fans in China. Some of them are undoubtedly coming to BlizzCon. They just want to have a good time and enjoy video games. Some may be in support of Hong Kong, others of China.

Protesting in support of Hong Kong at BlizzCon will make those Chinese fans who just came to have a good time extremely uncomfortable. That’s not an environment anyone wants to be in.

Just as we try to respect everyone’s religious and political views, we have to be accepting of the Chinese fans views, whether you feel they are right or not. It is not our place as Americans to get in the middle of an issue with a long history of cultural and social identity among Chinese that we do not, and cannot understand.