Haitian-Americans protest Vice City

[UPDATE] Caribbean immigrants accuse Rockstar game of racism at a New York protest.

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Already blamed for inspiring a killing spree and corrupting millions of youths, Grand Theft Auto Vice City is now being accused of racism. Today, over a year after Rockstar released the game, two Haitian-American community groups--the Haitian Centers Council and Haitian Americans for Human Rights--staged a protest at New York's City Hall, and urged supporters to picket the publisher's Manhattan offices.

"Grand Theft Auto [Vice City] is a cultural attack on the millions of Haitians living in the United States," said Henry Frank, executive director of the Haitian Centers Council. Frank's organization further blasted the game in a Monday press release, saying "players are instructed to kill all Haitians, who, in the video game, are stereotyped as thugs, thieves and drug dealers."

Why the Haitian-American group waited months to protest the game is unclear. For its part, Rockstar refuted the charge. "We empathize with the concerns of the Haitian community and we are giving serious consideration to them ... There was no intention to offend any ethnic group and we take these claims very seriously," said communications director James Ankner in a statement. He continued, "Some statements made by fictional characters in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City have been taken out of context," most likely referring to the murderous exhortations of the Cuban gang, the Haitian's arch-rivals in the game.

Discussion

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Ocram_Zepol
Ocram_Zepol

This is retarded.... it's a f*cking video game for christ sake. Just let it go... why do they have to go around complaining.... it's not like people are going to go out and kill Hatians just because they saw it in a damn game. Seriously... people should spend more time thinking, and less time doing stupid stuff like this.

kaiperrat
kaiperrat

haha this makes me laugh...no one even gave a crap about this until the VCS story was posted yesterday...we call that a mega-bump. lol

razorguitars
razorguitars

well of cource its gonna tell u to kill all the haitians, they sure arnt gonna tell you to go kill you're allie gang, its just a game pll get real.