Target & Kmart Ban Sales Of Grand Theft Auto V In Australia
Target and Kmart in Australia is removing Grand Theft Auto V from store shelves after more than 40,000 people signed an online petition asking the retailer to stop selling the popular video game.
The petitioners say the game encourages players to murder women for entertainment.
“This misogynistic GTA 5 literally makes a game of bashing, killing and horrific violence against women,” the petition said.
“We have firsthand experience of this kind of sexual violence … to see this violence that we lived through turned into a form of entertainments is sickening and causes us great pain and harm.”
Jim Cooper, general manager of corporate affairs for Target said customers had raised 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,” he said.
“However, we feel the decision to stop selling GTA5 is in line with the majority view of our customers.”
James O’Connor, a researcher studying the game said there was no evidence to link the GTA video game series to real-life violence.
However, he did state that the latest installment of the game for next gen consoles (Playstation 4, Xbox One) had a “much higher level of fidelity” and was “visually improved to the extent that it feels like a more realistic world”.
What are your thought on the Grand Theft Auto series? Do you agree with Target and Kmart banning the game in Australia? Would you like to see those companies do the same in Canada?