It’s no secret that since Trump took office in 2016, there’s something intrinsically racist and bigoted about red hats. Trump’s infamous “Make America Great Again” hat sparks fear in those who are unprivileged and who don’t hold xenophobic views.
The resemblance between Mario’s M hat and Trump’s MAGA hat is uncanny. For this reason, Nintendo is facing scrutiny for not altering Mario’s hat to something more progressive or tolerant. Even though Mario’s appearance can change slightly in Super Smash Bros., critics say this simply isn’t enough.
I used to love playing my gameboy, gameboy color, gameboy advance, my gamecube, Wii, Wii U and I love my Switch. I’ve been a Nintendo fan my entire life but now it’s essentially ruined for me because of Trump. How can I enjoy playing Super Mario if I feel like the main protagonist looks like a Trump supporter?!
- Nelson Philip Carlson, 28, UC Irvine
The fact of the matter is Nintendo should adapt to the changing times. Disney has done so by making Elsa a lesbian in Frozen 2 and making Mulan transgender in the live action remake. Nintendo should change Mario’s signature red hat to something more inclusive. No one should have to tolerate intolerance and Nintendo is no exception. That’s why we should #boycottnintendo until Mario’s hat is changed.
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