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The divisive animal rights group PETA picked the wrong fandom to mess when it decided to get involved with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The Nintendo mascot brawler's final DLC fighter has yet to be officially revealed to the world, but PETA thinks it knows who it should be: The group has started a petition to get its "Not A Nugget" character into the game alongside Mario, Link, Samus and the gang.
In a press release, PETA explained that bringing Not A Nugget into Smash Bros would "spotlight animals' capabilities and encourage gamers to help take down speciesism, the human-supremacist view that allows us to turn sensitive birds into nuggets and eat them.
"PETA's 'Not a Nugget' mascot could use his wits, wings, weapons, and vegan fuel to pummel opponents and remind people that chickens are cool 3-dimensional animals, not food. We hope Nintendo will jazz up its game by adding our fluffy foe of animal exploitation to the fray."
Those are some undeniably admirable goals. Unfortunately nobody on either side of the meat products debate is particularly keen on PETA. And if you've ever visited the internet before, you'll probably be aware that the Smash community is an intense one. These two simple facts combined to create an outpouring of anger that hit poor PETA squarely in the face.
peta thinks this tweet is funny and cool but wait until kirby neutral b's him https://t.co/eXM2Rle8wp- Random (@randomdudewc) September 14, 2021
It probably doesn't help that PETA has previously criticised the likes of Pokemon and Animal Crossing for supposed animal rights violations. I'm not sure why it'd want to be involved with a game where you can beat the crap out of several animals, including a handful of dogs, several birds, and a couple of monkeys.
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