Jax's 'Mortal Kombat 11' Ending Finds Him Undoing Slavery, Fans Are Calling It "Racist"
However, a handful of other fans have responded positively to the ending.
Mortal Kombat 11 was recently released but a particular ending for one of the game’s characters has divided fans.
As with previous Mortal Kombat games, 11 also features an Arcade Mode (commonly referred to the Klassic Tower in the series) where, depending on the character you play as, you get a certain ending after beating every fighter.
For Jackson “Jax” Briggs’ ending, the iconic black Mortal Kombat character uses the powers he’s gained from Kronika (the game’s primary antagonist who, as the Keeper of Time, can manipulate time) to undo the slave trade, while also keeping his wife and daughter in his life.
“All I wanted was to fix my life. Now I have the power to fix history,” Briggs says as he faces Kronika’s sand hourglass. “I’ve been lucky, my family and I have lived the American Dream. But most people who look like me haven’t had that chance. I owe it to them to put things right,” he continues as an image of slaves being transported is displayed in the hourglass.
Ultimately, after manipulating history a few times, Briggs not only ends up undoing slavery but still having his wife and daughter in his life.
The ending has divided some fans of the series. One Reddit thread titled “(opinion) I think Jax’s ending in mortal kombat 11 makes him racist” by a user named Valdish has over 311 comments, with many of them supporting Valdish’s post.
“The guy goes back in time to end slavery of black people, but in MK universe, Shao Khan has been enslaving people of all skin colors for about a thousand years, but Jax only cares about freeing black people?” Valdish wrote.
Other comments made in the thread falso equate Briggs’ ending to Wakanda, the fictional Sub-Saharan African country that Marvel superhero Black Panther resides at.
However, some have come to the defense of the ending on the thread, with one user named PreuvianSmore writing: “Y’all are so hilarious. This is really the hill you want to die on? A black man stopping slavery? Okay lmao. Have a great day.”
Some have also defended the ending on Twitter while addressing the outrage that has come from the ending.
— Low Tier Tetris God (@Tetris99Rage) April 21, 2019
— Eric Chavez (@echavezcal) April 23, 2019
The same white ppl mad at Jax's Mortal Kombat ending stopping slavery are same white ppl that say they shouldnt be responsible for what their ancestors did…
So U dont want slavery gone but also done want to be held responsible…HUH???
— Mr. Big Facts! (@Brokengamezhd) April 23, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11 was released on April 23, 2019. Is it the sequel to 2015’s Mortal Kombat X.