Australian retailers have started to take the off their shelved the popular GTA 5 game because it has been deemed to encourage violence against women.
Many people were angered by the scenes of abuse against women in Grand Theft Auto 5 and petitioned to be taken off the Australian shelves.
The petition was created by the people asking the retailer Target to withdraw GTA 5 because of the misogynistic scenes it depicted. The petitioned attracted more the 40,000 signatures and Australian retailers started to take the game off the top shelves.
The petition signed against GTA 5 said:
“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.”
The petition than asked the retailer to take the game off their main shelves:
“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.”
The petitions signed against GTA 5 came with a clip from the game that shows a screaming woman on fire who is shot at hit by a moving car repeatedly.
“Games like this are grooming yet another generation of boys to tolerate violence against women.”
The retailer Target responded saying that some people love the game, while others hate it and agreed to stop commercializing it.
The General Manager for corporate affairs at Target, Jim Cooper said:
“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.”
Cooper added that there have been many supporters of the game as well and Target respects their points of view but decided to stop selling GTA 5, because most of the Target customers asked for the game to be banned.
The Australian campaign against GTA 5 continues and its aim is to remove the game from as many stores as possible, including the giant retailer Woolworths. Recent reports say that Kmart also withdrew the game from its stores.