Epic Games mocked over censoring Doja Cat in Fortnite

Epic Games mocked over censoring Doja Cat in Fortnite
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Written by 

Tom Chapman


12th Apr 2024 10:15

We know that Doja Cat might not be the most family-friendly artist out there, but as a chart-topping megastar, it's no surprise that Fortnite wants to cash in on her success. Following the Doja-themed Roller Vibes and Say So emotes, Doja is back in the shop - bringing fresh controversy with her.

Fortnite often gets it wrong, censoring the likes of Agent Peely and Female Marshmello while letting anyone play as Michael Myers. We understand that Fortnite has a typically younger playerbase, but now, Epic Game has been called out for removing the world "devil" from its latest Doja Cat emote.

Epic Games called out for censoring Fortnite's "Paint the Town Red" emote

With the popularity of Doja Cat's "Paint The Town Red", you can imagine an emote based on the 2023 song would be a big hit in the item shop. The Rebellious emote is part of the Icon Series and comes in at 500 V-Bucks, but can also be purchased as part of the Coachella Interstellar Bundle (3,000 V-Bucks). 

Those who've bought the emote will notice that "devil" has been removed from the track, with the emote now playing, "Mm, she the ----- She a bad lil’ -----, she a rebel. She put her foot to the pedal It'll take a whole lot for me to settle."

Frustrated Fortnite players quickly picked up on this and have been rinsing the developer. It comes especially as there are a slew of actual devil skins that you can buy. One chuckled, "Not them censoring “devil” while having a million devil skins on the game💀."

Another added, "I just knew they would f**k something up," and a third said, "lmaoooo why the silent 'devil'." Still, there was a lot of love for the emote, with someone else concluding, "How long is it gonna be in the shop? I gotta re-download the game 😭."

Epic promises a fix to Rebellious emote

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Before you start sharpening your pitchforks, Epic Games has taken note of the backlash and promised that a fix is on the way. Apparently, the censoring of the word devil was a mistake, but we're not sure how that happened. The uncensored version is coming, but this has only reignited anger that Fortnite can fix this but not the locker.

There's no timeframe on when Doja Cat will have her devilish streak restored, but rest assured that the Rebellious emote will soon be burning with the hellfires it was always supposed to. They say the devil is in the details, but that might not be the case when it comes to Epic Games.

Tom Chapman
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Tom Chapman
Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.
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