According to Eurogamer, Target of Australia has pulled Grand Theft Auto 5 from being sold in its stores after a petition was launched claiming the game incited violence against women in the game.
The petition cited the player’s ability to kill female sex workers in the game to ask Target to pull the title. The petition was started by three former sex workers themselves and brought up their experiences in the sex industry as further condemnation of the game. The petition which has over 40,000 signatures has this quote on their Change.org page.
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 5 from sale.
This morning, Target responded to the petition with compliance, posting this public statement:
Target was specially called upon by the original protest calling for the banning of the game’s sales because Target prides themselves in social and ethical policies. Clearly it is on full display here. The company has over 300 locations in the country and will cease to sell Grand Theft Auto 5 in all of its chains. The company has stated that it will continue selling other mature rated games, but not Rockstar’s latest
Australia has a tentative relationship with video games, only recently allowing 18+ games rating. Previous games deemed too violent for the audience were denied classification and effectively banned in the country.