RapeLay Resurfaces on CNN

March 31, 2010 -

RapeLay, the difficult-to-defend game that’s a favorite target of politicians, is the focus of a CNN story which attempts to paint a picture of the game’s rising viral popularity.

While a voiceover says, “the game infuriates women’s rights groups,” the video cuts to Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director of Equality Now. She states, “These sort of games that normalize extreme sexual violence in women and girls really have no place in our communities”

Bien-Aime later adds:

What we are calling for though, is that the Japanese government ban all games that promote and simulate sexual violence, sexual torture, stalking and rape against women and girls, and there are plenty of games like that.

Reporter Kyung Lah said that despite “repeated calls” to the Japanese government, “not a single government official would speak to CNN on camera,” or make a statement. She did manage to wrangle a comment out of an official via the telephone, who said, “The government realizes these games are a problem and it is checking to see whether self-policing by the game industry is enough.”

Lah asked a British woman, Lucy Kibble, who had sought out the game to see “what it was all about,” if she was offended by the game as a woman. Kibble replied, “No, not at all” She added, “It’s escapism, that’s why people play it.”

Jim Gardner, who appeared next to Kibble on the broadcast, offered his take on the whole situation, saying, “The idea of banning it, or telling people what they can or cannot do just because on the off chance some kid might get involved in it is just ridiculous.”

Lah closes the video report with the statement, “No one should play a game where the only way to win is to rape.”

The CNN piece spawned a wide variety of articles condemning RapeLay, including an article penned by Jill Stanek, a “national figure in the effort to protect both preborn and postborn innocent human life.”

A sampling from Stanek’s take on the game:

I wondered why abortion would be included in such a game. Wasn't it shocking enough? Apparently pregnancy and abortion are recent additions - to increase the shock value. Because abortion is gross, just like rape. It wouldn't be shocking to be impregnated by rape and deliver a beautiful baby.

Stanek continued:

I don't know. I think some pro-lifers don't really understand who we're up against, how important abortion is to satan, how powerful a part abortion plays in the world's spiral downward.

Meanwhile, in Australia, a member of the NSW Rape Crisis Centre is using the reconfirmed existence of Rapelay as a means to justify Internet filtering for the whole country, according to a story in the Sydney Morning Herald. Karen Willis “absolutely” believes in Internet filtering and told the paper, “While I don't think that playing games causes people to go out and do things, what it can do for those who may already have that preclusion is further break down social barriers to them taking that action.”

A counterpart of Willis, sexual assault victim’s advocate Nina Funnell, is against filtering, but offered, “These games are quite vile and for victims out there it's quite distressing to come across these games or even just be aware that they exist and there's a culture of rape tolerance and acceptance.”

As previously noted, a piece of pending Tokyo legislation would ban the use of “sexually stimulating” characters that appear to be under 18 years of age in a wide variety of media, including videogames. A vote on the measure has been postponed until June however.


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Re: RapeLay Resurfaces on CNN


Cue Darksaber and anime haters saying this game use anime and say anime will turn people into freak in 3...2...1

If you think CNN is making Rapelay a big deal.  Just a few days later, A New Hampshire legislator insulted anime (even though she apologize). 

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-03-27/new-hampshire-legislator-apologizes-for-anime-comment

This mark the first time a politics attack anime.  I wonder how long till game hating politics including Jack Thompson attack anime next and make anime the new scapegoat. 

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Dude, enough with the countdowns, already.

"De minimus non curat lex"

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: RapeLay Resurfaces on CNN

It was a comment made in jest on the man's personal Facebook page.

3...2...1

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Yep, as always, absolutely nothing happened.

 

Andrew Eisen

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Doesn't matter if it was made in jest or not, it was an extremely offensive comment that touches on one of the largest tragedies in Japanese history made by a public figure on a publicly available website.

To put it in perspective, how would you like it if someone said, "I guess two planes just wasn't enough for America," or "Seems Britain needs more than just a few train bombs."

The above comments in quotes are merely used as examples of insensitivity to tragic events. They do not reflect my views whatsoever.

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Re: RapeLay Resurfaces on CNN

Whether you or anyone else finds the comment offensive or not is beside the point.  I was merely pointing out to mdo7 that his example does zero to support his absurd "anime haters" conspiracy theory.

"To put it in perspective, how would you like it if someone said, "I guess two planes just wasn't enough for America," or "Seems Britain needs more than just a few train bombs.""

Not the best example because neither quote seems to be poking fun at a specific cultural aspect (anime, as in the original quote) but either way, in all honesty, it doesn't bother me any.

 

Andrew Eisen

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Yes, but because it was a racist comment, not a real speech about the "evils" of the anime. Lucky him he wasn´t fired.

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Re: RapeLay Resurfaces on CNN

Lucy Kibble and Jim Gardner each get a cookie.  Kyung Lah does not.

 

Andrew Eisen

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"As previously noted, a piece of pending Tokyo legislation would ban the use of 'sexually stimulating' characters that appear to be under 18 years of age in a wide variety of media, including videogames."

Won't somebody please think of the virtual children?

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Uh, I thought the problem was that people were thinking too much about the virtual children.

Re: RapeLay Resurfaces on CNN

And here we go... again.

 

Also: "... the only way to win is to rape."

I don´t know the english term, but this woman just make me laugh. It sounds so dramatical and ridiculous at the same time.

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Re: RapeLay Resurfaces on CNN

Let's do the Time Warp Again!!! It's just a jump to the left. And a step to the riiiiiiight!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yarYjuN-m8I

 

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You know it was because of this site that I first heard of the time warp song. I remember ont time all the news items from the past week or so disappeared and someone posted a link to this. It's really catchy.

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Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: RapeLay Resurfaces on CNN

So you've never seen the rocky horror picture show?  Strange.  I thought everyone had seen, or been forced to listen to, it at one point or another.

Re: RapeLay Resurfaces on CNN

I did, but that was after being linked to the time wrap from here.

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Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: RapeLay Resurfaces on CNN

Put your hands on your hip, bend your knees insideee.

Re: RapeLay Resurfaces on CNN

You might want to refrain from the "pelvic thrusts" though ;)

Re: RapeLay Resurfaces on CNN

But why? It really drives you insane!!!! Let's do the Time Warp Again!!!

 

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www.youtube.com/watch

 

God, I love this movie.

 

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Re: RapeLay Resurfaces on CNN

The story that keeps on gigivng.....


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