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Target Australia has announced today that they will be removing Grand Theft Auto V from all of their stores within the country. The move is a response protests against the game, spearheaded by a online petition that, since November 29, had gained almost 41,000 signatures.
According to the petition, created on Change.Org, it was started in hopes of stopping sales of the game, as in their eyes it “shows hatred and contempt for women in the sex industry and puts them at greater risk.” The petition asked for Target to “put ethics before profits,” and it appears they have succeeded.
This news is especially shocking, as earlier this week, Target Australia announced they were keeping the game in stores, as while they acknowledged the possibility of offensive content, they believed they were selling the product appropriately and that there were as many people for the game as against it.
While Target Australia will be removing all copies of GTA V from their stores, they are not removing any other products with an R rating in any other department.
Target U.S. and Rockstar Games have yet to comment.
What do you think of this move? Is this a step in the right direction, or a case of artistic censorship? Let us know in the comments below!