Alliance for Global Justice Calls for Black Ops Boycott

In light of the Cuban government’s dissatisfaction with a mission in Call of Duty: Black Ops that has players attempting to assassinate Fidel Castro, the Washington D.C.-based Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ) has called for a boycott of the game.

Noting that Wal-Mart, Best Buy and “dozens of other retailers in your community are today dealing this pornography to the children in your community,” AFGJ called Black Ops “part of the whole culture of US militarism with the entertainment industry’s role being to desensitize us to violence.”

AFGJ has a goal of achieving “social change and economic justice by helping to build a stronger more unified grassroots movement.” The organization recognizes that “the concentration of wealth and power is the root cause of oppression.”

The organization urges people to send a letter to local retailers, pass out a provided flier (PDF) in front of stores selling the game and approach the local city council in order to “declare the game a violation under local pornography laws.”

A portion of the AFGJ letter:

This video game violates community standards and could be considered a form of pornography to which local laws apply. I/we demand that you immediately cease selling this product. My future shopping decisions will be based on your response to this issue.

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    NecroSen says:

    Anyone notice the screenshot in their article is from Modern Warfare 2?

    Poorly researched source or image material: the first sign of a campaign that will never win.

    Second sign: bad grammar. "The game went on sale on Nov. 9 in 4,400 nationwide."
    WTF does this mean I don’t even…

    Third: use of improper analogy. "If someone suggested such a scenario involving the President of the United States, that person would be arrested and prosecuted." While I am fuzzy on the details of a suggestion to actually kill the President, I don’t think a sequence in a video game counts as a real-life "suggestion" to kill someone. Playing Call of Duty and trying to shoot a Cuban dictator =/= shooting a Cuban dictator, and even that =/= shooting the President of the USA.

    Finally: not allowing your "followers" to comment on your articles. I checked around, and it doesn’t look like comments are enabled for any of the whacked-out angsty writings stored on that website. Looks to me like this is some self-righteous college idiot who thinks everyone’s listening and agreeing with them, not a legitimate organization with a shred of a legitimate concern.

    Utter bull. Let’s try to ignore such doomsayers in the future, mkay?

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    Father Time says:

    They just accused Wal-Mart and Best Buy of committing a crime (selling porn to kids). I really hope they get taken to court over that (Lord knows the two could afford to do so, especially Wal-Mart).


    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

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    Aliasalpha says:

    So they’re all for banning some element of popular culture? Is it just me that thinks this is ironic coming from a group that sounds like it’d be right at home in a comic? Sounds to me that they really want to be a superhero league


    One wonders if they wear their underpants on the outside on on their heads…

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    omikron48 says:

    Wow. If Black Ops is pornographic then I’m defeinitely buying it.

    Females in various states of undress, wielding kick ass weapons and blood and ‘splosions everywhere?! AWESOME! *drool*

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    MechaTama31 says:

    "I don’t like this game, but there’s no way I could get it banned just because of that (much as I’d love to).  What to do, what to do?  Oh, wait!  I know!   ZOMFG EVUL CUMPNEEZ IS SELING DIS GAIM TOO ARE KIDZ!  ARE KIDZ!!!  WONT SUMBUDY PLEEZ TINK UV DA CHILDERNZ?!?"

    I wish these "moral" crusaders had at least a shred of intellectual honesty, or integrity.

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    edmoss87 says:

    Looking at their contact page, there are at least 5 members, which would make them an alliance only in the broadest sense, I don’t know how ‘global’ they are. But I agree, the name seems pretty much delusional.

    As I said before, dimwit anti-video game types may well take their word just because of the name, thinking that AFGJ is comparable to major NGOs like The Red Cross.

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    rassberryassassin says:

    "This video game violates community standards and could be considered a form of pornography to which local laws apply"

    Who cares if it "violates" community standards? Women showing their ankles used to violate community standards. 
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    edmoss87 says:

    "Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and dozens of other retailers in your community are today dealing this pornography to the children in your community."

    Uh, correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t large retailers prevent the sale of M-rated games to anyone under the age of 17?

    I hope the public can see how ridiculous this diatribe is, but sadly there are a lot of people out there who use these non-arguments as their line of offence against any media they don’t like. Having an organisation called the ‘Alliance for Global Justice’ back their claims would be seen as empowerment in their eyes.

    Oh, and by the way, "Comments are closed"-? Yes, the best way to represent justice is to only show one side of the argument.

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    HarmlessBunny says:

    You would figure that would imply that. However I must be mistaken…my history books state that Castro survived several failed attempts on his life….

    Then again the person who wrote the ‘boycott article’ requires an attention span greater than 0.1 seconds, and a brain larger than a peanut. Methinks their cause is indeed lost.


    James Fletcher, member of ECA Canada

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    Neeneko says:

    Because concentration of power is only a problem if ‘other’ people have it?

    I guess these people have never seen the massive injustice you get in decentralized power structures.  I wonder if they have bothered to spend time in areas that still have tribal justic like Afghanistan…

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    Zerodash says:

     First, how does banning any sort of media contribute to "justice"?

    Second, why should anyone care about what a far-left group like this has to say about games?  Their idea of "justice" isn’t far removed from the types of instituted justice found in prison camps or totalitarian societies.


    Just another kook organization, nothing to see here.

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    Avalongod says:

    Been playing it.  It’s good and (shaking head) certainly not porn.  This would all be laughable if there weren’t so many poorly informed people who took this kind of thing seriously.

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    Rodrigo Ybáñez García says:

    At the end of the article, you can read: "Comments are closed".

    Wow, butthurt much?

    This video game violates community standards and could be considered a form of pornography to which local laws apply. I/we demand that you immediately cease selling this product. My future shopping decisions will be based on your response to this issue.

    This is probably the most pathetic paragraph I´ve read this month. Now I want to buy Black Ops for myself.

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    HarmlessBunny says:

    In short: Good luck trying to get this declared as pornography. Your battle will be long, strenuous, and without success. I hope you concentrate on actual issues that affect people in the world.

    Long Answer: Exactly how is this pornography? Do they know the actual definition of the word?

    Pornography: obscene writings, drawings, photographs, or the like, esp. those having little or no artistic merit.

    From what I understand, Black Ops is a story for ADULTS that circles through varies secret ops throughout the Cold War. The CIA DID try to kill Fidel Castro. SEVERAL TIMES. That is history, just like conflicts Vietnam, Cambodia, etc etc. Twas a dark time, with lots of conflict. As I recall the game itself is rated "M" for MATURE. For ADULTS. Not children. I would dare say that using the real life events of the past 60 years to tell a story of conflict is artistic merit.

    -sarcasim mode active- Oh yes. Gaming industry is in a global conspiracy to desensitise us to violence. Soon we will be rampaging in the streets, and causing mass riots and unrest. Soon the globe will bow down to EA and Activision. Oh hail the big game companies -sarcasim mode off-

    I am surprised at Cuba though. I figured they would have a laugh at this, as it protrays a fail attempt on Castro. They could spin this to showcase how the CIA and various other groups have continually tried and failed to touch the Cuban leader. Oh well… a lost opportunity!

    ——— James Fletcher, member of ECA Canada

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