Does Punch-Out!! Character Shout Islamic Phrase?

June 2, 2009 -

A few months back there was a minor uproar surrounding "Islam is the light," a phrase which some people thought they heard uttered by both a talking baby doll and a children's DS game.

In a video posted late last week on YouTube, a man claims that a character in Nintendo's recently-released Wii title Punch-Out!! shouts "Allah Akbar," an Arabic phrase which translates to "God is great."

RevolutionOfCG, who describes himself as a conservative pundit in his YouTube profile, posted the clip of fighter Bald Bull and equates the character's supposed utterance of the phrase with terrorism:

Allah Akbar or God Is Great. For those of you that don't understand the implications of this. Let me put it to you this way. Virtually Every Muslim Terrorist has said this before they blew themselves up or in the case of 9-11, before they slammed into buildings...

Hailing from Istanbul Turkey, if we are to understand the implications of culture, Bald Bull is more than likely a Muslim...

 

Not even 8 years after 9-11 and are we going to accept this phrase in a video game Rated E for Everyone. What do the families of these heinous crimes think of this? Someone out there has to be appalled, I'm certain of that.

The narration of the video includes 9/11 footage of the second plane striking the World Trade Center. As to the phrase Allah Akbar, its Wikipedia page lists a variety of uses other than by terrorists:

This phrase is recited by Muslims in numerous different situations. For example, when they are happy or wish to express approval, when they want to praise a speaker, during battles, and even times of extreme stress or euphoria. It is also used by bombers or suicide bombers before they detonate.

The phrase is said during each stage of both obligatory prayers, which are supposed to be performed five times a day, and supererogatory prayers, which are performed at will...

That's, of course, assuming that Bald Bull actually says Allah Akbar, which is unconfirmed at this point.

Via: VC Review


Comments

Re: Does Punch-Out!! Character Shout Islamic Phrase?

I've always wondered how that works though. Why do people say they must emulate the Prophet, yet say that violence is discouraged? Dude waxed philosophical to be sure, but he also went on a brutal rampaging conquest of the region and gave people the choice of death or conversion. Mohammed "Conquered Medena by the Word and Mecca by the Sword" and all that after all.

Not sure how the "discourage violence" bit fits with that.

That doesn't make these Christian nutbags, or any other religious fanatic correct when they make these assertations, but saying the Koran discourages violence is a fair bit of a stretch given most of the religious punishments within its pages are horribly horribly violent. It's a bit like the Old Testament/Talmud(or is that Torah?) in that respect.

Re: Does Punch-Out!! Character Shout Islamic Phrase?

Those terrorists are only Muslim in their "allegedness". They never do as they say. Isn't that so hard for people to realize?

Leave competition out of religion is my philosophy.

Re: Does Punch-Out!! Character Shout Islamic Phrase?

Hey, Shadow D. Darkman. This is actually one of the rare occassions where a picture of a Star Trek character touching hand to face is entirely appropriate as a comment. You should, perhaps, make hay while the sun shines. 

Re: Does Punch-Out!! Character Shout Islamic Phrase?

Meh, I might not be Shadow, but I'll beat him to it =D

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Re: Does Punch-Out!! Character Shout Islamic Phrase?

Someone out there has to be appalled, I'm certain of that.

Just you it seems.

Re: Does Punch-Out!! Character Shout Islamic Phrase?

Ladies and Gentleman, I give you your moron.

That is all.

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Re: Does Punch-Out!! Character Shout Islamic Phrase?

 

I doubt that anyone on this forum has enough experience to accurately understand Islam and the effects on the West. The question that you should be asking is what does this tell us? Better yet why comment on something you don’t understand?  

Re: Does Punch-Out!! Character Shout Islamic Phrase?

He also obviously doesn't understand what audio paradolia is.

and that what you hear is incredibly heavily influenced by what you think or are told to think you hear

 

but mostly he is just a ignorant, bigoted moron

Re: Does Punch-Out!! Character Shout Islamic Phrase?

Oh well. Even if it did mean to say that, Punch-Out characters are still filled with stereotypes (not saying it is bad in this case). Did Great Tiger make it to the Wii version by any chance?

Re: Does Punch-Out!! Character Shout Islamic Phrase?

You know it doesn't quite sound like he is saying akbar. Is there any chance he is saying something else and he is just hearing what he wants to hear.

 
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