The Timothy Plan, a Maitland, Florida-based mutual fund group which offers a “biblical choice when it comes to investing,” has issued a press release slamming Take Two Interactive (NASDAQ: TTWO), publisher of Grand Theft Auto IV.
From the release:
Take-Two Interactive… has done it again, releasing another video game that contains extreme sexual and violent content… Beyond the intense violence, blood and mayhem, during the game the character can have sex with prostitutes, visit adult clubs, request a private lap dance and drive drunk.
The Timothy Plan, a morally responsible family of mutual funds, refuses to invest in companies like Take-Two Interactive because of their involvement in the anti-family entertainment and pornography industry.
Timothy Plan president Arthur Ally (left) is quoted in the press release:
This $30 billion a year business is exploiting sex and violence more than ever in their products. We hope more parents will not continue to fall into a category that four out of ten often do by relying simply on the ESRB rating and leave their children alone while they are playing video games.
While the ESRB system is a step in the right direction, the ratings are confusing and incomplete at best.
Ally also criticized another Rockstar game, Bully: Scholarship Education, because protagonist Jimmy Hopkins can kiss other boys in the game.
Take Two is among several dozen publicly-traded companies listed on the Timothy Plan’s Hall of Shame. Others include Starbucks, PlanetOut, Wal-Mart, Microsoft and would-be Take Two acquirer, Electronic Arts.
While it’s not clear exactly how these firms have transgressed in the Arthur Ally’s view, the Timothy Plan is anti-gay, pro-life and opposed to investing in companies which deal in alcohol, tobacco, gambling or pornography.