Jack Thompson: American Hero?

June 9, 2008 -

Is controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson a freedom fighter?

While the Florida Bar argued last week that the anti-game activist should be disbarred for a minimum of ten years, Thompson is scheduled to be honored at America's Freedom Festival on July 2nd in Provo, Utah. While information is sketchy, the web page for the Freedom Awards describes them as intended:

...to honor individuals who have espoused the cause of freedom throughout the world.

In light of his current legal difficulties, Thompson is an interesting choice, to say the least. His selection could potentially stir up some local controversy in Utah, as well. In 2007 Thompson called for the indictment of the state's Republican Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff, over Shurtleff's recommendation that a Thompson-authored video game law then under consideration in the legislature was unconstitutional.

GamePolitics has made three attempts in recent weeks to contact event organizers in order to determine who submitted Thompson for the award and on what basis. Although we have yet to receive a response, we know that our e-mail was viewed by chairperson Vicki Garbutt since she forwarded a copy to Thompson on May 28th, inquiring about our "agenda." Thompson forwarded the e-mail back to us the following day with the warning, "Careful, Dennis."

The awards dinner is sponsored by Utah County, described as "the most Republican county in the most Republican state in the United States."

In the past, Garbutt has explained the Freedom Award as follows:

It's what gets at the heart of what we talk about with freedom — celebrating the individuals who sacrifice for their own freedom and the freedom of others.

Thompson has forwarded a copy of what appears to be his page from the event program. However, it offers few specifics regarding his selection.

UPDATE: I should point out that it's not my intent to frame this story as any type of commentary on Republicans. Thompson has certainly had his issues with Republicans in Florida and elsewhere (as I noted, he was ridiculously harsh in his criticism of Utah's A.G. Shurtleff, a Republican). 


Comments

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Indeed in my opinion Jack Thompson it`s an american hero. His business with GTA went well at the time I have to say. Though I think there must be a limited age you can play a game, to lower the number of addicted kids. Better let them do somthing else... put them to search for frigidaire parts or something like that..:))

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

I just wanted to make this caption for the picture on this article.

"It was only years later that Jack Thompson's love affair with GTA would be overshadowed by his love affair with truly bad hawaiian T-shirts."

Life begins and ends with Choice. Anything in your life that unlawfully or immorally steals Choice from you should be excised immediately, totally, and destroyed utterly.

Life begins and ends with Choice. Anything in your life that unlawfully or immorally steals Choice from you should be excised immediately, totally, and destroyed utterly.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Hello head, meet desk.

 

I seriously weep for humanity's future, man.

 

There are simply not enough groans in my voicebox to satstifactorily express my disdain.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

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Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

You know that King Soloman also said that... "Do onto others as you do onto yourself." So Jack, I think that the Florida Bar has done to you what you have tried to do so many times to decent honest Videogame Developers.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Actually, this could end up being funny later.  This whole thing will probably fade into nothingness if the people putting it on are as bat-crap bonkers as everyone says.  And now when JT's on the news and someone's disagreeing with him, he can whine about how he won an award.  I mean, seriously, can you imagine how pathetic it could be?

Newsperson-"How do you respond to the allegation that you are the father of all lies and ruiner of happiness?"

JT-"....(holds of little dime store plastic trophy) I won an award..."

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

The Mormon population in Utah wouldn't have had any thing to do with this, right?

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Wouldn't it be funny is this whole thing was just a 'Candid Camera' set-up?

 

'We thought it would be funny if...'

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

The more I look, the more disgusted I get, doubly bad since I can't claim anywhere else as my birthplace without lying.

Have they not bothered to get back to anyone who's contacted them with questions or information about JT? I'd like to know if they really are being this willfully ignorant.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

It's what gets at the heart of what we talk about with freedom — celebrating the individuals who sacrifice their own freedom and the freedom of others.

Fixed.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

One more thing.

I think a more fitting award would be: Jack Thompson: American Assh*le

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

"Careful, Dennis."

I think Jack really needs to STFU. Careful of what? There is no law forbidding someone from writing a letter requesting information. The more I read about JT the more I wonder where he got his law degree. He has no knowledge of the law.

 

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Ten to one if Dennis had raised questions and he had somehow not been honored "appropriately", jack-o would have gone after him for defamation of character. I'm not entirely certain how that would work, since it's not like Dennis doesn't have an exhaustive supply of facts on the matter, however, I guess the implicit assumption is that Jack-o would try to poke holes in said facts.

"Even if it was online gaming that somehow inspired him to kill his parents, he must have realised at some point that they wouldn't drop any good loot." - GP member, Doomsong

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

What you have to remember is that there's a vast conspiracy against him.  Any request for information about him is obviously a furtherance of that conspiracy, and each secret plan he discovers is easily added to one of his ongoing litigations.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

To be fair, he's only getting the award from the second most republican state in the union. The most republican by percentage being Idaho.

 

...

The title still made me laugh.

Hard.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Jack really reminds me of King Phillip II of Spain. He sent three or four invasions against England, including the Spanish Armada, and all of them failed. He went to his grave believing that God was on his side.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Was that the same one that fell asleep on his chair during a fire and died because he ordered his servants not to touch his furniture?

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

... Perhaps this is an example of how not to do it?

Or maybe they're just ill-informed?

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

I'm just curious how many of you kids know what goes on in Provo, Utah.

Hang around isaccorp.org a while, and if you've got the sack, try Fornits. You'll find out more than you ever wanted to know.

tl;dr: Being honored with a freedom anything in Provo, Utah is like being given a Great Entrepreneur award by the Viet Cong.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Let's just say that nobody has ever seen Jack Thompson and Sue Scheff in the same room together.

I believe there is a reason for this.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

.......Its Utah!

you can marry your underage cousin there! Then divorce her and marry one of your daughters,or a sheep.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

can you marry your underage cousin's daughter's sheep though? As far as I'm concerned, that's the line

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Yes. In fact, you can marry five of them.

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

5?? Thats just bloody greedy! 3 at the most utah-ians!

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

For someone who is a "freedom fighter" he sure shits all over the first amendment alot.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Well some people also call Osama Bin Laden a "freedom fighter".

Re: Jack Thompson: American Idiot and Villain.

It's funny that a so-called "Freedom festival" in Provo, Utah is honoring Thompson with a "freedom award" when Thompson has endorsed Islamic terrorism and admitted that his actions would bring comfort to America's enemies(which is the definition of treason in the U.S. Constitution).

What a disgrace to the soldiers fighting for our freedoms. The people of Utah County should be ashamed.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Idiot and Villain.

believe me, i do feel disgraced to have spent 4+ years of my time defending the rights of a person like JT. I know i'm not the only vet that has distaste for those like JT who would undermine the constitution for their own deminitive purposes while attacking anyone else who seeks the freedoms it brings.

but in retro, at least he's being shot down by those who actually support the constitution.

i can't help but remember something i read the pope said recently in NYC about how american society can undermine the entire religion....

something to the extent.. but ummm yeah the government is SUPPOSED to ignore religion.. otherwise it don't work and ya end up with the same old excuse "god made me do it"

sorry to reitterate.. but it just rings to loudly in my skull... 

Re: Jack Thompson: American Idiot and Villain.

Just remember that for every person like JT and these groups who obviously don't understand what freedom really is there are ten times as many of us that do and support those who truly fight for freedom.

-Loudspeaker
"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

Re: Jack Thompson: American Idiot and Villain.

I am a person of Utah county and I'm not ashamed since I had nothing to do with it, but outraged.

I don't even know what this Freedom Festival is, and I live here, so I doubt it's really that big of a deal.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Idiot and Villain.

Agreed.

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Jack Thompson: American Idiot and Villain.

That was me, by the way.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Meanwhile, as Jacky boy gets his "Freedom Fighter" award, another American soldier dies...

I rarely comment, but the thought of Jack getting even just a small mention at something called a "Freedom Festival" gets my skin crawling. To see that's he's getting an award at such an event is just... i don't know, i'm so speechless i'm commenting on it.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Same here, man. Same here. Just scares me that our politicians who try to support freedom, invite a fascist crazy massacre chasing disbarred lawyer. I think he's going to try to get his law licsence in Utah now.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Wow, and I thought it was ashamed to live in MA. as a gamer with the whole legisture that came up. I'm glad that I now live in MA. and not Utah.

Now, I'm not sure who in the hell in there right minds in Utah (like any politicians in Utah had a left mind) would they invite "Jack the Fascist" to the so-called "Freedom Festival". Inviting Jack is like inviting Bush to the event, they both voliate the ammendents which have the word freedom in it. I'm wondering if Jack uses the Chinese-made translated into English version of the dictionary and looks up the word freedom (if it is in there).

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

and the lord said whoever humbles himself shall be exalted, but whoever exalts himself shall be humbled [Luke 14:11]

and i do think he did show there is a connection with violent games and violence, that they aren't related, or atleast that's all the info we get from him due to the fact he has shown nothing for them being related

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

FIRST!!! Anyway, this must be some joke. Nobody's so stupid as to label JT as a freedom fighter (unless by that you mean "someone who fights against freedom").

 

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Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

IN MORE BREAKING NEWS: Ann Coulter has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Proze, on the grounds that her revolutionary plan of "killing everyone who disagrees with America until there's finally peace" will save us all.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

I can't help but think of those Bud Light radio and TV ads, albeit with a twist:

"Bud Light presents Real American Douchebags"

"Real American Douchebags!"

More appropriate, don't you think? 

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

...you sure he's not participating in the "Baby Contest" that they have on that page?

I'd say walking out of your own disbarrment hearing wins the "biggest baby" award.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Hehe, pretty funny, but just wondering, who forced you to read the article? ;)

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

LMFAO!

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Freedom is just another word for imminent involuntary institutionalization.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

 Jack Thompson, a hero of freedom for campaigning to take away your choice to play video games.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

His Freedom award is just the newest in a series of poor uses for the word. "Freedom toast" anyone? All the US is doing nowadays is changing the phrase to freedom because they don't want to acknowledge what the real meaning is. They didn't like the french, so now we have freedom toast/fries. And it would be in poor taste to call Thompson's award the "asshole award".

Also please let it be known that I do not mean that the past recipients were anything close to jack, or an ass. I am only trying to make my point that calling JT's crusade freedom is like calling Hitler's germany a good idea.

 

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

"He espouses the cause of freedom"?!?!?!

He's not trying to support the cause of freedom, he's trying to take it away. This is the kind of award u should give to Ghandi or Martin Luther King Jr., not a biased, massacre-chasing, attention whore

Re: Jack Thompson: American Hero?

I was wondering what they were thinking, then I saw they have so little going for them they're forced to name-drop Jehovah with "American Values - Family, Freedom, God and Country". jack-jack's just a name to put on the line-up that won't alienate their marks by having a "stein" on the end.

The only thing that needs to be said about this:

BAWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH! "Freedom fighter" huh? What is next, them honoring a spammer(besides Jack I mean)?
 
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