Target: Kristina Fedenkova, Creator of Survival Island 3
Goal: Demand apology from creator of racially violent game.
The third addition of the Survival Island games for Android and iOS devices was released in December 2015 with a strange new objective – killing Australian Aboriginals as a white protagonist. The game trivializes and glorifies Australian Frontier violence, bolsters racial brutality and vilifies Indigenous people.
Once again, an Indigenous community is faced with Eurocentric-themed ‘entertainment’ that revolves around the invasion of their lands, the senseless murder of their people, and their controversial depictions. The theme’s conceptualization of Indigenous Australians blatantly perpetuates racial and ethic stereotypes.
The complete lack of empathy for the historical and generational trauma this Indigenous group has suffered at the hands of European invaders is already relived by them everyday through the authority of white institutions, including their government, the dominant white culture, and the continuous encroachment of non-Indigenous peoples on Indigenous lands. This game is sadly adding to the mistreatment.
Fortunately, the reception of the game was instantly negative upon release, and it has since been removed from the app stores. Now that the game is no longer available, we must urge the creator to issue a public apology for perpetuating damaging stereotypes, promoting intentional racial bloodshed, and for ultimately contributing harmful material to our global society.
By signing this petition we will join the outraged masses of people demanding an apology for the insensitive and ignorant creation of a game that not only encourages racial and ethnic violence but also glorifies the invasion of peoples’ preoccupied homelands for entertainment and/or a superficial sense of superiority.
Dear Ms. Fedenkova,
The release of your new game, Survival Island 3, not only promotes and trivializes violence between the minority population of Indigenous peoples and the majority population of white ‘settlers’, but it also glorifies the white invasion of Indigenous Australia and allows game players to relive the trauma each time they play your game.
As you know, the reception of your new game was largely negative and resulted in the removal of the game from app stores, where it was previously available to anyone ages 12 and older. However, the removal of the game does not simply erase the fact that you created a game for the general public that encourages racial violence in society, nor can we ignore the glorification of the ‘invade and conquer’ theme that you presented.
I am writing this letter to you to ask you for a public apology to the already severely marginalized Australian Aboriginals that are directly ‘depicted’ and berated in your game, as well as to the wider community of general consumers. As an affluent and influential public figure, you are responsible for your contributions to society, and this negative contribution cost you countless Indigenous and non-Indigenous fans and game players, as well as the complete rejection of Survival Island 3 on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
Please consider the way your game affected not only the group of oppressed Indigenous people that you portrayed but also the way in which it affected the young and uninformed game-players who were otherwise ignorant of Aboriginals before you vilified them.
[Your Name Here]
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