[etoys-notify] [JIRA] Commented: (SQ-668) change "demon's castle" wording to be less offensive/worrisome

timothy (JIRA) tracker at squeakland.org
Fri Mar 5 07:48:03 EST 2010

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timothy commented on SQ-668:


I hear your concerns.  Consider that if your goal is to help fix the society where demons are real using Etoys, then these societies will need to first use Etoys and become comfortable with Etoys.   If Etoys is dismissed on the basis of superstition, then we lose our chance at helping those areas free themselves of superstition.

Also, "You are my slave, ha ha" isn't just about superstition.  It's offensive to many of African ancestry, particularly in the Caribbean region (especially Haiti), with a long a brutal history of slavery.

Suggesting that a "demon" (which is actively feared) is making children "slaves" (which will long be a sore spot) has been confirmed by about a dozen people so far to be offensive and worrisome.

> change "demon's castle" wording to be less offensive/worrisome
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SQ-668
>                 URL: http://tracker.squeakland.org/browse/SQ-668
>             Project: squeakland
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: etoys
>            Reporter: timothy
>            Priority: Critical
>             Fix For: etoys 5 and showcase
> As we head to Haiti, I'm getting considerable backlash about Demon's Castle from Haitian Americans.  Demons are very real in their culture, as they are for evangelical Americans as well.
> Simple suggestion ... change the name to "Wizard's Castle" and this text:
> "You have been captured by an evil demon!  If you don't escape, you will never see your friends again! You are my slave!  Ha ha ha!"
> "You have been captured by a wizard!  You must find a way to escape!"

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