Less than two weeks ago, a young singer named Christina Grimmie was shot and killed after a performance in Orlando, Florida.
In the days following the tragedy,
Christina’s fans started a petition to have her immortalized as a character in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Christina was known for her love of Zelda (her YouTube channel, where much of her music was uploaded, was named “ZeldaxLove64”), and many felt that including her in the game would be an appropriate tribute to her memory. However, as a Nintendo spokesperson told TIME, the company has rejected the petition, and has decided not to include any tribute to Christina in the upcoming game.
The response to Christina’s death was overwhelmingly one of disbelief and devastation, and the entire music industry and YouTube community came together over the past two weeks to mourn the loss of her personality and talent. The petition to have her included in
Breath of the Wild has gathered about 58,500 signatures, and is still 16,500 signatures short of its goal of 75,000. A second petition was also created, which has gathered over 17,000 signatures, asking Nintendo to put Christina in the game as an elf, as she tweeted in 2012 that she wished to reincarnate as an elf after her death. Both petitions were spread by Christina’s fans on social media and gained a lot of attention worldwide. A few celebrities like Selena Gomez and Adam Levine, who had worked with the late singer in the years before her death, spoke out about the tragedy as well, along with thousands of mourning fans.
TIME asked Nintendo about the petitions, and a spokesperson from the company released the following statement, formally rejecting the request:
“We are aware of the outpouring of support for her, as well as the petition, but we won’t be making any creative or content decisions in this time of mourning.”
It should be noted that Nintendo’s rejection is only temporary; their official statement is simply stating that no tribute will be made to Christina Grimmie in
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as the petition requested a character named after the singer in that particular title. However, the option is still open for future Zelda games.