By Parker Marie Molloy
Originally published on Advocate.com June 24 2014 5:46 PM ET
The creators of a popular party game have issued an apology after one user claimed that the game promoted transphobia.
“Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people,” reads the game’s website. “Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.”
The game’s concept is simple: A dealer issues a black prompt card, and using their white answer cards, players try to come up with the funniest (and often most intentionally disgusting) combination. The player who accomplishes that wins the round.
Actual examples from the deck include, on a black prompt card: “During Sex, I like to think about _________.” White cards include answers like “child beauty pageants,” “child abuse,” “Morgan Freeman’s voice,” “coat hanger abortions,” and “Former President George W. Bush.”
In other words, the game is designed with the sole purpose of bringing out the absolute worst in people.
For 19-year-old Jonah Miller, a one of the cards crossed a line.
Jonah, who identifies as transgender, discovered while playing one evening that one of the white answer cards read, “passable transvestites.” Hitting too close to home, Jonah lit the card on fire, posting a photo to his Tumblr and Instagram accounts with the caption “DEATH TO TRANSPHOBIA.”
Game cocreator Max Temkin saw Miller’s post and responded by expressing regret for including the card, while noting that the particular card has not been part of the newly produced games for some time.
The game is known for pushing limits and has even resulted in an awkward moment involving disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong:
Just another night of playing Cards Against Humanity... pic.twitter.com/lfu3YtdHRC
— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) May 18, 2014
Still, many take the game in stride, offense and all.
This game of Cards Against Humanity is getting a little out of hand. @lgmarbe2 @kedwards904 pic.twitter.com/DyzUxm4nlT
— Evan Allen (@Mr_Swift1313) June 13, 2014
Hazel and Augustus play cards against humanity pic.twitter.com/718JnslvxZ
— Fairy (@ABXOX) June 16, 2014