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Target Australia Pulls GTA V From Shelves


 GTA VGrand Theft Auto is at the center of a new controversy.

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.

Target

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!

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Andrew Shortall (RedGuinness) is the Writer, Editor, Administrator and founder of Stay-At-Home Gaming. He also suffers from sleepless nights, summer new release withdrawals and trying to behave himself in front of his new nephew.

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This entry was posted on December 3, 2014 by in Gaming Non-Fiction, News Brief and tagged , , , , , , , .

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