Grand Theft Auto V: Last week, Target pulled the game from its shelves due its depiction of violence against women.
Last week, supermarket chain Target made the decision to stop selling the video game Grand Theft Auto V in its stores, following customer complaints outlined in a Change.org petition that amassed over 40,000 signatures. The petition, created by three former sex workers, argued that the game promoted violence against women and encouraged players to murder women for entertainment.
While the company's decision was welcomed by many online - including the petition's creators who wrote, "It's one step among many that will help dismantle the culture of violence against women in years to come" - it's sparked much fury among some in the gaming community. Target's Facebook page was instantly inundated with angry complaints from gamers, while the women who launched the petition have revealed they've since been harrassed online with death and rape threats.
@Targetaus What a laughably uninformed decision— Josh Whitting-Donder (@Mario__Bones) December 3, 2014
#Gamergate @Target @Kmart I mean, if you want to lose a bit of revenue from GTA to make some feminist extremists happy... — Alex Catran (@PixelTurtleMk2) December 7, 2014
"Feminists aren't trying to take your games away!" *feminists proceed to take GTA off Target shelves WELL WHICH IS IT? #gamergate — Alcario Tuzon (@zemichi) December 3, 2014
@Targetaus In Mario games, Princess Peach is constantly kidnapped and terrorised. Please remove all Mario games from your stores.— Adam G (@adamccopy) December 3, 2014
In a satirical attempt to highlight the hypocrisy of Target's decision (or something), some gamers even launched their own petition over the weekend, calling on the chain to 'withdraw the Holy Bible'.
"It's a book that encourages readers to murder women for entertainment.The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get 'god' points – and now Target are stocking it and promoting it for your Xmas stocking," said the petition, started by someone called Sharky Sharktech. The petition's accumulated over 47,000 signatures since being launched on Saturday, highlighting the gaming community's backlash against Target's banning.
There's just one problem - Target don't actually sell the Bible.
@DevonCallaway We don't actually sell the bible at Target, that's some pretty impressive numbers though! — Target Australia (@Targetaus) December 7, 2014
Well, that's embarrassing.
As Buzzfeed notes, Reddit was having its own laugh at the campaign. As of this morning, the top comment on the sub-Reddit responsible for launching the campaign was the following: