The re-release of GTA V on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 hasn’t gone over well with everyone, particular certain Australians. In response to its game being dropped by Kmart and Target in Australia for supposedly depicting women in the wrong light and containing inappropriate sexual content, publisher Take-Two has gone on the record to make a few statements. Company chairman and CEO Karl Slatoff offers an elegant solution for all the haters of GTA V -- if you don’t like the game, you don’t have to buy it! This is what he said exactly:
“It’s one thing for someone to not want to buy a piece of content, which is completely understandable. And that’s really the solution. If you don’t like it and it’s offensive to you, then you don’t buy it. But for a person or a group of people to try to make that decision for millions of people… We have 34 million people who bought Grand Theft Auto, and if these folks had their way, none of those people would be able to buy Grand Theft Auto. And that really just flies in the face of everything that free society is based on. It’s the freedom of expression, and to try to squelch that is a dangerous and slippery slope to go down. So it’s really more disappointing for us in that regard than it is in the context of our business. Our business is going to be completely unaffected by this; it doesn’t make a difference to us. At the end of the day though, it’s not something you want because it’s a poor leadership decision.”RELATED STORY: Target and Kmart Stop Selling GTA V in Australia Slatoff is specifically talking to the 40,000 or so Australians who petitioned to have the game not sold in stores, and it’s hard to argue with this point: Just because these lunatics have issue with GTA V, no one should be able to play it? Madness! Absolute madness. With GTA V selling so well the world over, it’s only Kmart and Target that are losing out on potential store traffic.
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