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Grand Theft Auto 5 Pulled by Target in Australia

Grand Theft Auto 5 Pulled by Target in Australia

Grand Theft Auto 5 Pulled by Target in Australia

Target Australia has pulled Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) off shelves over controversy about the game’s depiction of violence against women.


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A petition calling on the retailer to withdraw the game from sale gained more than 38,000 signatures.

The women behind the petition, named on the site as Nicole, Claire and Kat, said as survivors of sexual violence they felt the game sent a dangerous message.

“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,” the petition said.

Target general manager of corporate affairs Jim Cooper said the decision to stop selling the game was made following extensive community and customer concern.

“This misogynistic GTA V literally makes a game of bashing, killing and horrific 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.”

“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.”

David Kim

David Kim

David Kim is a self-professed gamer geek who's whiled away countless hours on Adventure, RPG, and RTS games. Topping his recommended Adventure Games list for recent releases are Grim Fandango Remastered, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and The Walking Dead.When he's not playing adventure games, expect to find David laddering in StarCraft II or doing another arena run on Hearthstone. David is best playing Terran but wishes he could play Zerg competently. His favorite class in Hearthstone is Mage.David moved to Tampa, FL in 2010 from NYC, and is glad he doesn't have to deal with NE weather and the outrageous costs of living in the city.

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