Recent news has revealed that the Australian branch of Target announced that Rockstar’s immensely popular GTA 5 would be removed from its inventory in response to customer feedback regarding its depiction of violence against women.
The decision stemmed from a petition on the popular site, Change.org, which was started by Australian women subject to violence and sexual abuse in their lives.
In an interesting turn of events, it appears that a counter-petition started on the same site (Change) is doing the exact opposite, attempting to get GTA 5 back on shelves in Target stores down under.
The petition states:
“A game made for adults is being taken off the shelves by Target…because it apparently encourages players to cause violence against women. I fear that other retailers will follow this trend. Soon, this game won’t be sold anywhere in Australia. The R18+ rating is there for a reason! This game allows you to kill, hurt, bash and shoot anyone, not just females. GTA 5 should be on the shelves all over the country. It’s made for adults, not children.
We have the right to buy games despite their content.”