Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a holiday for many, but on Twitter it’s the perfect time for people to raise their white flags, wave them around, and otherwise make fun of the day.
Fortnite has released its 2018 Halloween event, which you can get in at the event area by entering the code “MLK”. And the best part, if you get to the event, you get free V-Bucks, so you can get the skin you want. But, unfortunately, the people are angry about the event because of the emote that was stopped. The emote that stopped was the Martin Luther King emote, that is why it is called the Martin Luther King Emote.
Fortnite had to disable nearly every emote in the Martin Luther King event area. That’s right, if you showed up in the event area in Fortnite this past weekend, you’d have seen “Martin Luther King” with his hand in the air, but with his left hand only. This seems to be all over the place for Fortnite players in the MLK event, with Fortnite players taking to Twitter to complain about this.
Epic Games may have assumed that the weight and significance of its special area dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would inspire Fortnite players to show some respect and good behavior, but that was not the case, as some players used their emotes to try to bring disrespect or toxicity to the event. As a result, Epic has disabled all custom emotes.
Initially, the developers disabled a number of emotes that would have been similarly disruptive, such as the tomato throw emote, but others, such as the Catwoman whip crack emote, were being used by players to rather obvious effect, so visitors will now only be able to use the eight emotes that are available to everyone visiting the area. Players’ reactions on Twitter seem to be a mix of praise and derision, with some describing the move as Orwellian and others saying that individuals should be allowed to have “fun” in the event. To be honest, we’re not sure what Epic Games was expecting, but things are looking up from here.
Except for the eight that are part of the March Through Time event, all emotes have been deactivated. pic.twitter.com/XQZMX1ABYP
August 27, 2021 — Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus)
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