Grand Theft Auto 5 No Longer for Sale at Target in Australia
Grand Theft Auto 5 has been removed from all Target stores in Australia as a result of a successful online petition created by gamers. The petition stated that the game encourages violence against women, as several cruel videos on Youtube revealed how people enjoy their time in GTA 5: by killing and torturing females.
“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.
This is Grand Theft Auto 5. This game means that after various sex acts, players are given options to kill women by punching her unconscious, killing with a machete, bat or guns to get their money returned.
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.
One of many fan clips on YouTube shows the woman being run down, run over, set alight and, still screaming, repeatedly shot. This misogynistic GTA 5 literally makes a game of bashing, killing and horrific violence against women. It also links sexual arousal and violence.
We have firsthand experience of this kind of sexual violence. It haunts us, and we’ve been trying to rebuild our lives ever since. Just knowing that women are being portrayed as deserving to be sexually used by men and potentially murdered for sport and pleasure – to see this violence that we lived through turned into a form of entertainments is sickening and causes us great pain and harm.
This game spreads the idea that certain women exist as scapegoats for male violence. It shows hatred and contempt for women in the sex industry and puts them at greater risk. Women in the industry are 40 times more likely to be murdered by a man than any other group of women.” the creator of the petition stated.
It’s unlikely for the game to be returning in Target stores, as the company already sent out a press release regarding it. However, Rockstar Games does remind us that the violence people use against women is not part of the game’s storyline, but it’s something you can actually do in the game, if you chose to.
Is this a positive or negative thing? We can’t really judge, but if you still want a copy of Grand Theft Auto 5, there certainly is at least one store still selling it in Australia.
Target’s Press Release Concerning the Petition