July 5th, 2006

Anti-Santorum Game Tags Senator on Gay Rights Issues

By way of Water Cooler Games comes word of Boot the Bigot, a small, Whack-a-Mole type game that encourages voters to send U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) packing in November.

Boot the Bigot, which represents the latest use game tech to deliver a political message, is offered by the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit which works on behalf of gay people. The game's tag line is, "Get Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum out of office... out of Washington... and out of your bedroom in 2006."

The arch-conservative Santorum particularly angered gays with remarks made to the Associated Press in 2003. During the AP interview, Santorum disavowed gay rights and seemed to equate homosexuality with pedophilia and bestiality.

The Human Rights Campaign website explains Boot the Bigot by saying, "Rick Santorum is the U.S.Senator who's done more to spread bigotry toward GLBT Americans than anyone. He's part of an atmosphere of hate and fear that has dominated politics for too long."
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Sony's Racially-charged European Ad Campaign Raises Eyebrows

On the heels of last week's tempest over alleged racist graphics in upcoming PSP title LocoRoco, a Sony ad campaign currently running in Europe is drawing even more controversy.

A GamePolitics reader actually sent in the picture seen at left (and thanks, 8bitpixelrobot) but it was so over-the-top we weren't quite sure of its authenticity until we found the story a few minutes later on joystiq.

The ad, hyping a new PSP version with a white case, is appearing on billboards in Holland as well as on the Dutch PSP website.

With its racially and otherwise-charged look, is this another case of "What were you thinking, Sony?"
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