In a world where our kids have no choice but to listen to subliminal bullshit glorifying sex and drugs on the radio, MATURE video games are being pulled off the shelves because they’re too violent.
A petition that has gained nearly 50,000 signatures has been successful in getting GTA V taken off shelves in Australia. The reason? The game ‘encourages players to commit sexual violence and kill women.’
The petition reads:
‘Please Target – we appeal to you as women survivors of violence, including women who experienced violence in the sex industry, to immediately withdraw Grand Theft Auto V from sale.’
The ability to use prostitutes has been a feature in Grand Theft Auto for 13 years – since Grand Theft Auto III – and this seems to be the major catalyst for the movement that is currently gathering huge momentum among anti-violence campaigners.
Being able to kill and take money from prostitutes has also been at the forefront of the complaints. But with the ultra realistic, open-world setting of the game, you have the ability to kill almost anyone and anything, so this was always inevitable.
“This misogynistic GTA V literally makes a game of bashing, killing and horrific violence against women. It also links sexual arousal and violence.”Advertisement
As a result of the petition, Australian chain stores Target and Kmart were forced to remove thousands upon thousands of copies of GTA V from all of their branches. And as a result of these actions, a counter-petition has been started.
The counter-petition, titled ‘Protect the artistic freedom of Video Game Developers’, counters everything the original petition states, and currently has around 800 signatures. We’re not sure this will change the minds of the head honchos of these Australian stores, but there’s always two sides to every story…
… or three. Because while we currently live in a world where our kids are forced to listen to Nicki Minaj rapping on the radio about having huge Anacondas stuck up her arse, or f*cking random men in her automobile, anti-violence protestors are jumping on every 18 rated video game that comes out…
The same games constantly finding their way into the hands of minors. We’re not sure game developers are entirely to blame for that.
If you want to ban games like this, that are clearly marked in red as MATURE, then how about we stop playing music on the radio that brainwashes young girls and/or provokes young men to have a certain attitude.
Society is messed up. What do you think?