Wow. Just wow.
Stéphane Aguie has created a game called "Watch out behind you, Hunter." As the name might imply, the object is to shoot gay men who pop out of the bushes before they "rape" the player.
Sounds like a barrel of laughs, right?
The game is hosted on Georgian website called Uzinagaz and has European LGBT rights groups, including Gay Armenia, raging. The game has been even been banned in France, but not in Georgia or in the United Kingdom. The game has, of course, spread online to American gamer sites. A quick google search turns up the game on numerous flash gamer sites.
The owner of the site doesn't see the big deal about the game, calling it just a "bit of fun":
I really didn't understand why the association was attacking us. The guy who came up with the game, Stéphane Aguie, wanted to mock hunters and rednecks, not gay men.
Get it? It makes fun of the people shooting gays- not the gays themselves! What a knee slapper!
The game, according to Pink News:
involves going through the jungle and shooting any nudists who come out of the bushes. If they are to reach you before you shoot them then they rape you, an act which is shown on the game.
So it paints gay men as naked rapists jumping out of bushes, has the player shoot them to "save themselves" from being violently raped, which they show if you "lose."
And the owner of the site can't understand why the community is up in arms about it??
He explains the game as just a juvenile, politically incorrect, good time:
Our games are not politically correct. They're aimed at teenagers (12-18) and it's true that they're of a juvenile humour.
"Juvenile humour"?? And it's "aimed at teenagers"?!? So we can teach kids it's hilarious to shoot gays because they are all dangerous rapists? That makes it better?
Is this guy for real?
Every level of this game is horrendous: from the depiction of gay men as naked, violent rapists to the horrific violence advocated against them to the okaying of "gay panic" reactions to gays in general.
I wonder if the teenage killer of Lawrence King, who's trial begins today and is in the "target audience" for this type of game according to the owner of this site, would see the "humour" in this. He already viewed gays as predators out to sexually assault him, is using a gay panic defense in his trial, and took violent action into his own hands when he shot and killed King in class.
Not so funny when your game comes to real, tragic life, is it?
(h/t Pink News the screen shot of the game)