Australian retailers remove Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V, known simply as GTAV by its fans, has been yanked from Target and Kmart shelves in Australia. This was in response to an online petition signed by over 45,000 supporters who object to the game’s graphic violence and its portrayal of women. People in Australia can still buy GTAV, they just can’t buy it at Target or Kmart, stores owned by the retail group Wesfarmers.

I have to admit, I didn’t even know Australia had Target or Kmart.

The Grand Theft Auto series of games has long been criticized by some for being too violent and for the way it portrays women. Players in The Grand Theft Auto can have sex with prostitutes, kill them, and then steal their money. At least that’s what I’m told. I’ve never played the game, nor do I want to play the game. It’s not a game for me. When I play a game, the only thing I like to kill are Orcs, candies, or Soviet tanks.

That’s not to say that game isn’t for a lot of other people. The The Grand Theft Auto series is very popular. It’s one of the top-selling games in history. Grand Theft Auto V, the release pulled from the shelves in the land down under, where women glow and men thunder, has already sold $1.98 billion worldwide. Say what you will about The Grand Theft Auto and its extreme content, a lot of people love to play it.

If you don’t like Grand Theft Auto, don’t buy it

Although I have no interest in playing Grand Theft Auto, I wouldn’t want to stop anyone else from playing it. I would no sooner want to stop someone from playing a game I don’t like then I would want to stop someone from reading a book I don’t like or watching a movie I don’t like.

That seems too much like censorship to me.

I don’t have much respect for Wesfarmers. If they didn’t want to sell Grand Theft Auto V on their store shelves, then they should have never sold it to begin with. The fact that they removed it from their shelves in reaction to 45,000 supporters on an online petition seems pathetic. Are they going to allow online petition signers to dictate other aspects of their business?

It sounds like a really stupid way to run a business.

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