Christ on a Triscuit, PETA!
Crap like this is why most people look at you as delusional wackjobs at best, and dangerous fanatics at worst!
So here’s the deal: According to some released images of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed 4 for the also upcoming Playstation 4 (specifically, the image above), it seems that at some point or another there is whaling involved. Now, whether this is merely a cut-scene, or a minigame or actual part of the central plot which requires you to engage in virtual whaling is unclear, but the fact that the practice is depicted at all is enough to get PETA’s collective knickers in a twist (for all we know, these could be the game’s VILLAINS doing the whaling!)
I suppose this is a step up from two years ago, when they protested Mario’s Tanooki suit under the “Fur Is Murder” doctrine (I swear, that mess was surreal enough to be an Onion article). At least the Assassin’s Creed franchise takes place in the “normal” world (albeit in the past), rather than a fanciful Kingdom of mushroom people and killer turtles. And yes, whaling IS very real, both in the era of Assassin’s Creed 4 and today, and it is a reprehensible, largely prohibited practice. Do not mistake my ridicule of PETA’s batshit insanity for anything resembling the support of whaling.
But let’s hear straight from the Equine-American’s mouth, shall we?
Whaling—that is, shooting whales with harpoons and leaving them to struggle for an hour or more before they die or are hacked apart while they are still alive—may seem like something out of the history books, but this bloody industry still goes on today in the face of international condemnation, and it’s disgraceful for any game to glorify it. PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals—not games that promote hurting and killing them.
You know what else is disgraceful? The despicable practice of accepting money, goods, or other compensation in exchange for committing cold-blooded murder–also known as being an assassin….y’know–the thing THE ENTIRE SERIES IS ABOUT!!! But this doesn’t seem to bother PETA in the least. Oh, and before you say it’s because only humans are killed, what about the scores of games that involve killing animals for sport, food, profit, or survival? I can’t count how many wolves I’ve brutally slaughtered in Skyrim, or how many deer and bears I’ve blown away in Red Dead Redemption….where were the champions of animal rights then?
Assassin’s Creed 4 is a period game. And during the era it is set, whaling was commonplace and unregulated. If parts of the game featuring seafaring in the northern hemisphere DIDN’T touch upon the subject at least a little, it would be an inaccurate portrait of life on the seas at the time.
The idea that whaling in a video game will lead to desensitization to the practice in the real world is as absurd and demonstrably wrong as the repeatedly disproved notion that video game violence encourages players to commit acts of real violence.
As you might have heard Kevin Smith is distributing his latest film, Red State, himself and to do so he needs 2.5 million dollars. To earn the needed dough Smith is touring the country, film in tow, before the official release date of October 19th. The tour includes a screening of the film and a Q&A with the Smith. If you’ve ever seen Smith live before you’ll be familiar with the Q&A section(hint, it’s hilarious, vulgar and extremely long-winded).
How is the Westboro Baptist Church, most recently in the news for winning the Supreme Court case protecting their protests of fallen soldiers funerals under the right of free speech, involved in all this? Well, you might not be aware of the plot for Red State,
Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda. (via IMDB)
Those fundamentalist are every so slightly, no, more like blatantly modeled after the Westboro Baptist Church. Being the super cool dude Kevin Smith is he invited Westboro’s most famous family, the Phelps, to a screening of Red State. The whole event was billed like this,
For one night only! SEE the fun-filled-freak-show of a real-life Phelps Family protest as you enter! SEE Red State WITH actual members of those religious rock stars, The Family Phelps!
Hear Megan Phelps’ review of the movie afterwards! And lay eyes on not just one, but TWO hottie haters – as cousin, Jael joins in! The Phelps Family Bible Bunnies will be in full effect, trying to convert, and I’ll be in full effect, trying to pervert. Let the fire-and-brimstonerific laugh riot begin! Remember: if they’re on my stage, that’s one less bereaved family they’re harassing for a few hours.
But even better? This is gonna be like watching STAR WARS with Darth Vader right there in the audience! Expect epic crowd interaction of SOLELY the hand-clapping/cheering variety!
I really have no idea why the Phelps family thought this would be a good idea but I guess they didn’t want to back away from a challenge. But, they may have also never seen a Kevin Smith film before because while I haven’t seen Red State yet I can safely assume it includes Smith’s penchant for vulgarity in it’s witty exchanges. Something the Phelps might not find easy to stomach.
Turns out they didn’t like it (surprise!) and left the screening after the first 20 minutes. Meaning we were denied what I’m sure would have been a glowing review from Megan Phelps (snicker). During the Q&A section it was revealed that not all members of Phelp’s family had left, still in attendance were Josh and Libby Phelps, two members who have left the Westboro Baptist Church. They were invited on stage, received a standing ovation and went on to discuss how frighteningly accurate was Red State‘s depiction of the fundamentalist organization. Spooky.
Red State is promoted as a horror movie I just don’t think anyone is prepared for how scary it might be. To see if the Red State tour is coming to a city near you, or to request a screening in your town visit www.coopersdell.com. To be updated on the tour’s progress keep checking in at www.theredstatements.com. And finally, if you’re not already following Kevin Smith on Twitter do so, @ThatKevinSmith, to see what new battles he and Megan Phelps will get into after this tussle. Their twitter relationship is fiery and as Smith states,
Over the last year, Megan and I have been carrying on a rather one-sided, torrid little Tw’affair. There were Moonlighting-like levels of sexual tension and lots of speculation about “Will They/Won’t They?”
Who doesn’t want to follow that!?
source: The Daily Blam
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
With the release of Marvel’s ‘Thor’ only months away you’d think everything would be all right for the land of Asgard and you would be sadly mistaken. With a multi-national cast rounding out the Norse gods the film should be an expected smash hit, but a certain group is trying to boycott the film based on the color of an actor’s skin. Idirs Elba has come under fire for playing the role of Heimdel, brother of Sif in ‘Thor’ because of the fact that Heimdel is protrayed as a white man in Norse Mythology and the comics. The fundamentalist group the Council of Conservative Citizens have organized an online boycott of the Kenneth Branagh directed film. According to the group this is part of Marvel’s “anti-white” campaign.
From their online blog, they wrote: “It’s not enough that Marvel attacks conservatives values, now mythological Gods must be re-invented with black skin.” Kyle Rogers, head of the CoCC, believes that “Marvel has taken their anti-white, radical campaign even further. They cast a black man as a Norse Deity.” According to the group Norse Gods are real people that existed and are Aryan.
So your telling me that a group originally meant simply as a neutral ethno-linguistic classification, later used for ideologically motivated racism in Nazi and neo-Nazi doctrine, doesn’t like a black man playing a white god. Now it all makes sense! Now while it’s just ludicrous that a group thinks someone can’t play what they call a “whites only” role then it’s their right too. You know what though, it’s the studio’s right to hire who they want to play what the actor tries out for. It’s a new age and actors are allowed to play who they want.
Elba, Stringer Bell on “The Wire” believes the boycott is absurd asking, “Thor’s mythical, right? Thor has a hammer that flies to him when he clicks his fingers. That’s OK, but the color of my skin is wrong?” Well, apparently Thor was real and if he can flick his fingers to make hammer’s fly to him why can’t I flick my fingers to transport my beer into my hand. Coming from a site that has posted that Marvel has a history of publishing “Black Power” comics this makes them seem like a bunch of morons. If these guys were to try and protest this garbage their preaching at something like comic-con (like these idiots) they’d get their asses handed to them in geek fashion. Yet, while we can just laugh at all this nonsense we can’t take this group lightly, they have connections.
When your connected to big name politicians like Mike Huckabee, Bob Barr, Haley Barbour and Ann Coulter, and this year collaborated with Tea Party groups in the states of Florida and Mississippi to help elect the new conservative Congress, you can’t just laugh it off. Yes, the racism is real but so are the people involved in this. They all have their worries and fears about what should and shouldn’t be but this is a little much to be concerned with. It’s a movie, a piece of fantasy with high budget effects and sets, far from the world these people believe in. Other actors of color have portrayed roles originally held by white people and they’ve done a fantastic job. Hell, white actors have been cast in Asian roles and the community wasn’t trying to rush studios in protest. Even more, star actor Jake Gyllenhaal was the “Prince of Persia” and that was a casting choice that pissed off quite a few people but they stuck to their guns on the decision.
This might only be a speed bump on the road to Thor’s release but it’s might spin the car right into a ditch. If Marvel doesn’t really care about this it’ll get brushed right to the side, a splash in the pan.
Via: You Bent My Wookie