On August 26, Fortnite launched March Through Time, a yearlong creative experience that celebrates the anniversary of the March on Washington. In partnership with TIME Studios, the experience promised to transport players to a reimagined Washington, D.C., allowing them to “step into a fully immersive experience and learn first-hand the civil rights teaching of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. like never before,” according to a press release provided to The Root.
While Epic Games and TIME Magazine clearly had good intentions, their execution was apparently lacking. Not only does MLK’s daughter, activist Bernice King, claim to have been left out of any decision-making—creative or otherwise—but upon its release, Epic hadn’t disabled any of the emotes (features) they offer across platforms. So, there were hundreds of people participating in the virtual experience, listening to MLK’s speech…dressed like Batman and Stormtroopers and doing Fortnite Dances in the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial according to The Root’s sister site, Kotaku. Since then, Epic has disabled all emotes for the March Through Time experience and is only allowing 8 specific ones designed for the experience including a sitting and protesting one.
So, thank you, Epic for fixing that bug real quick, but honestly, what did you think was going to happen if you allowed all of your emotes to be open for the world to have access to?