Folks are pissed after a poisonous gas Pokémon was found inside a Holocaust museum.
Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game released nearly a week ago, has led people to all sorts of places to catch Pokémon and to battle other players. One of those places happened to be the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
According to The Washington Post, the museum appears to be a popular spot for players who flock there to play Pokémon Go. Recently, an image was uploaded showing the Pokémon Koffing that was allegedly found in the Helena Rubinstein Auditorium of the museum.
SOMEONE FOUND KOFFING IN THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM IM DEAD pic.twitter.com/2v35SToUua
— Quincy/Quinn/Quince (@QPastura) July 11, 2016
People were reportedly horrified and appalled by the photo. The museum’s communications director, Andrew Hollinger, told the Washington Post:
“Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism. We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game.”
The auditorium plays the testimonials of Jews who survived the gas chambers during the Holocaust. It’s pretty obvious as to how a Koffing, known for its poisonous gas attacks, can be offensive.
The museum turns out to be the destination for three PokéStops, an area where players can stop by to earn free in-game items. One player, named Dustin, had apparently attached a lure module, an item in the game that is used to attract Pokémon to a particular area, to the museum.
The 30-year-old player, who declined to share his last name, informed the Post that he was hoping to catch a Krabby Pokémon while he waited in the lobby of the Holocaust museum. A friend of Dustin, Angie, explained that they didn’t intend to disrespect the memorial. She said:
“It’s not like we came here to play. But gotta catch ‘em all.”
Niantic Labs, the developer behind the game, has yet to respond to the museum’s request to take the museum off their Pokémon radar. While some people are tired and annoyed with the Pokémon Go phenomenon, others are desperate to get their hands on it. Chinese knockoffs of the game have been a hit among users in the country where the game has yet to be released.