WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Classic board game Scrabble will implement a significant change in years by removing around 236 slur and discriminating words off of its official list.
- NASPA explained that while not every member agreed on the move, the omission of bigot terms are only appropriate.
- Hasbro, the primary operator of Scrabble, fully supports the decision, saying that it was to ensure that no racial discrimination will be tolerated in the game.
The game Scrabble, as millennials and social media calls it, has got W-O-K-E.
The classic board game players will no longer earn points for answering with ethnic and racial insults, as confirmed by Scrabble authorities.
The said words, totaling up to 236 bigoted words, were pulled out from the list of certified Scrabble words for tournaments. On Wednesday, the North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA) said that they aim to make the game welcoming for all new players.
NASPA CEO John Chew said that eradicating slurs is the least they can implement to make the association more wide-ranging. He added that the removal is timely, especially for the new players of the classic board game.
“Some members threatened to leave the association if a single word were removed; others threatened to leave the association if any offensive words remained. There were a lot of good and bad arguments on both sides,” Chew said in the statement.
In response to some members threatening that they’ll revoke attachment from the association should the words are either removed or retained, Chew said both sides have valid arguments.
NASPA did not elaborate on what particular words were omitted, but Chew told the National Public Radio (NPR) that the N-word, worth eight points, was one of the first words which went away.
Hasbro, the multinational toy company that holds the rights to Scrabble, supported the move to change some aspects of the game, mainly to ensure that slurs will not be allowed.
Furthermore, the company confirmed it pushed in eliminating offensive words from the dictionary linked with the game for all newly released editions.
Source: New York Post