Media outlets scurried Tuesday to cover a petition calling for a game developer to cancel its game because its villains are white Christian Americans, however, the petition is almost certainly fake.
The Change.org petition calls upon game developer Ubisoft to cancel its new game “Far Cry 5” because it allegedly insults “American gamers.” The likely satirical appeal uses overblown language and thinly veiled irony throughout.
“We’ve sat through your multicultural lectures and your preachy games aimed at degenerates and miscegenators,” states Gamers United, the user who created the petition. The petition also claims that gamers face “continued rejection of romantic partners when they find out [their] hobby.”
The Change.org appeal ironically decries censorship faced by gamers, while advocating for Ubisoft to censor its game.
“You must understand that there might be some violent repurcussions [sic] if you intend to follow through with your pointless criticism,” warns the petition, adding that the developer should modify its villains, setting or plot to cater to supposedly offended gamers.
The petition has been signed by over 800 users, as of publication. Its top-rated comments make fun of its premise, providing further proof that it was crafted to be a joke.
Several news publications, including International Business Times, Forbes and some smaller outlets reported on the petition, with varying degrees of recognition that the petition was likely a fake.
“As is tradition when a game developer makes a creative decision that annoys super-entitled people, a petition has been set up to get that game cancelled,” wrote International Business Times, which called the petition “deranged.” “It’s, as you would expect, hilarious.”
While the site appears to have fallen for the parody petition, it does acknowledge that comments left by some of the supporters appear to have been left “in jest.”
Forbes, on the other hand, strongly questions the petition’s earnestness. It notes that the quote “to learn who rules you, simply find out who’s not being criticized,” a version of which is often attributed to French philosopher Voltaire, is instead attributed to a nonexistent “Boltair” in the petition.
Users on Twitter also speculated about the origin of the petition Tuesday morning.
“Heh. Gamers are going to be so mad about Far Cry 5.”
*very few people get mad*
*SOMEONE makes a petition*
“Heh! I TOLD you they’re mad!” pic.twitter.com/rAniq3NDW4
— Lo-Ping (@GamingAndPandas) May 30, 2017
Prior to the parody petition, “Far Cry 5” received genuine criticism on Twitter for vilifying Christianity.
Guess who are the villains in the new Far Cry game? Muslim terrorists who explode nail bombs? ISIS who burn people alive? Nope. Christians. pic.twitter.com/OGodCAGd6Y
— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) May 24, 2017
As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition remained live on Change.org, and there have been no efforts made to remove it.
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