(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – GTA V continues to stir up much controversy, with the latest coming from the banning of the game in Australian Target stores.
In a press release issued earlier today, the retail giant stated that the game will be removed due to the many depictions of violence against women.
“We’ve been speaking to many customers over recent days about the game, and there is a significant level of concern about the game’s content,” stated Jim Cooper, Target General Manager of Corporate Affairs. “We’ve also had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective on the issue. However, we feel the decision to stop selling GTA5 is in line with the majority view of our customers.”
Cooper notes that other R-rated games and movies will continue to be sold in the store because the company believes “they are appropriate products for us to sell to adult customers,” even though they contain graphic images and offensive material.
“In the case of GTA5, we have listened to the strong feedback from customers that this is not a product they want us to sell.”
However, a report form Abc.net.au claims the ban stemmed from a Change.org petition in which three women call for the game to be removed from shelves because it displays a message of violence, killing, and sexual assault.
“It’s a game that encourages players to murder women for entertainment. The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get ‘health’ points – and now Target are stocking it and promoting it for your Xmas stocking,” reads the petition.
“Games like this are grooming yet another generation of boys to tolerate violence against women. It is fuelling the epidemic of violence experienced by so many girls and women in Australia – and globally.”
Currently the petition has over 41,000 signatures.