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Twitter Thinks Waluigi Is a Menace to Society

Waluigi doesn't deserve this character assassination. Let the man play tennis in peace!

News by Caty McCarthy, .

As a writer, I've been harassed on Twitter. It happens. It comes with a public facing job. It may as well be in the job description. Over time, Twitter has been heavily criticized for the lack of ways to really protect people from this problem, including its relaxed reporting process for abusive accounts.

Luckily, Twitter's taking the criticisms to heart, and has rolled out a new program for reporting users. Under the new system, users receive updates on when the report was received and if Twitter has found any foul play. Only there's a twist: they sacrificed poor Waluigi on the altar in the process of explaining this.

In Twitter's example image, familiar Mario sorta-villain Waluigi (an inverse of Luigi that made his debut to the Mario series in Mario Tennis) makes an appearance next to the name "Example User 1." Example User 1 is guilty of the following: "Violating our rules against abusive profile information. Violating our rules against posting hateful imagery." Hateful imagery, by Twitter's definition, includes "logos, symbols, or images whose purpose is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin." So in summary, Waluigi's an evil little shithead. Yikes. I'm sure Nintendo is not pleased seeing Waluigi portrayed in this harsh light.

As a result of this bizarre addition, Twitter has come alive with the hashtag #FreeWaluigi, believing the poor lanky menace has been "banned" improperly, even as the report says otherwise. In the replies to Twitter's original update, a Twitter user with the same identity—that is, "Example User 1" with a Waluigi icon—noted they were "still here." Waluigi Lives. Now about that Nintendo Direct?

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  • Avatar for riderkicker #1 riderkicker 6 days ago
    Twitter blocks hard working men like Waluigi, but lets abominations like Boshi roam free? Son of a gun.
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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #2 Wellman2nd 6 days ago
    Waluigi is just a lazy bum coasting on his sugar daddy's hard work. Wario deserves better.
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #3 donkeyintheforest 6 days ago
    came here thinking the article would be about something else based on title, but was pleasantly surprised. not click bait, but fish food.
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  • Avatar for Funny_Colour_Blue #4 Funny_Colour_Blue 6 days ago
    Hateful imagery, by Twitter's definition, includes "logos, symbols, or images whose purpose is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin." So in summary, Waluigi's an evil little shithead. Yikes. I'm sure Nintendo is not pleased seeing Waluigi portrayed in this harsh light.

    This made me laugh out loud, I really like the new staff at U.S.GAMER ❤
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #5 NiceGuyNeon 6 days ago
    Waluigi is a beautiful, misunderstood man who just quietly goes about life and then shows up to social/sports outings when invited. Shame on Twitter. Shame on them.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #6 riderkicker 6 days ago
    #Twitterを許すな
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  • Avatar for Godots17thCup #7 Godots17thCup 6 days ago
    Waluigi's just a meme that's been riding on Wario's coattails for far too long. Maybe this will inspire him to actually make something of himself.
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  • Avatar for Daikon #8 Daikon 6 days ago
    You do realize that the "wa" in Wario and Waluigi comes from the Japanese word "warui" which in this case can definitely be translated as "evil".
    So yeah, Waluigi is definitely not a poor well-meaning-but-misundertood lanky guy.
    He's evil, and was designed to be so by Nintendo.
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  • Avatar for benjaminlu86 #9 benjaminlu86 6 days ago
    @Daikon Hey man, Waluigi's not bad. He's just drawn that way.
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