Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' of GTA V

October 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Will County, Illinois State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow is urging parents not to buy Grand Theft Auto V as he continues to push a boycott of Rockstar's latest action game. Recently Glasgow met with around 50 Mokena Junior High School parents and showed them a six-minute clip from the game to make his point.

According to the Southtown Star, many of the parents in attendance covered their eyes or looked away as the clip played. The report claims the clip showed various gruesome scenes from the game including an innocent woman's head being blown off, as well as several police officers and a dog being killed. Other scenes showed players running down NPCs with a car.

"Violence is the No. 1-selling entertainment that we have,” Glasgow said at the event. "Our culture embraces violence. We have to say, ‘We don’t want it anymore.'"

While Glasgow is strongly against the game made by Rockstar, he does not plan on engaging in any kind of legal action or government regulation. Instead he has vowed to push for an economic boycott.

You can see Glasgow in action in the news below, but it should be noted the game is not intended for children - it's rated "Mature" by the ESRB.

Source: Southtown Star


Comments

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

Oh good another democrat trying to tell people what and what not to buy. Not only that but the man obviously hasn't even seen the game because he's talking about things that don't even happen in the game at all. I'd love to know how these idiots keep getting elected to positions, guess that liberal media is continuing to do a wonderful job of straight out lying to people.

I'm sure Cronkite is rolling in his grave at this point.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

Hate to break it to you, but the desire to ban video games is not confined to Democrats:

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-senators-again-target-video-...

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

oops double post, sorry folks.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

The only reason this guy is doing this instead of trying to pass another nanny-state video game regulation law is due to ESA vs. Brown. He knows if he tried to do that, which I'm sure he really really wishes he could, that it would be struck down as unconstitutional in a minute and cost taxpayers loads of money that could be better spent.

 

Also, while i don't think most pre-teens should be playing a game like GTA 5, I think there are much more important things to worry about when it comes to children, like i don't know, maybe kids not getting enough to eat at home, or extreme bullying at school, rather then spending time on trying to boycott a damn fictional video game.

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

Wait.. can we light people on fire in GTA V? Have I been seriously missing out on some incredibly hilarious entertainment?

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

Yeah, just use the jerry can.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

my favorite is the parents covering their eyes in shock bit. Youd think they would have seen 1 R Rated movie from the 80s. Robocop, Terminator, Diehard, Lethal Weapon, all as gory as GTAV. And the shows on TV Right now? CSI? NCIS? Walking Dead? Breaking Bad? Any News Program?

It's like he picked people who have literally been living under Rocks. 

Fyi, I have played more gory games than I've watched gory film and I'll tell you I still winse more at films more than Games. 

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

Too late~

Try again next time.

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Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

"...woman's head being blown off..."

As someone who has beaten the game, when exactly did that happen?  I've yet to see GTAV get even remotely gory.  It's all blood.  Is he actually showing them the game?

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

The only close scene I can think of is the phone sabotage one, and his head doesn't really get blown off.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

Probably just means a woman being shot in the face, not that her head literally left her body.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

Back in GTA3 and VC was the last time I recall seeing that possible...

probably mixing up his photoge, as they all do.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

As much as I support the idea of parents having the final say whether or not a piece of media enters their home, any kind of boycott won't hurt Rockstar at this point. Hell, they won't even feel it.

 

Plus, even the voice actors have been saying what this politician is saying.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

I haven't watched the video but I don't think hurting Rockstar is Glasgow's intention.

EDIT: Okay, I just watched it.  I get the sense that Glasgow has never played the game (or any other), has no idea what he's talking about and is making stuff up as he goes along.  Shameful, if true.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

That or all the info he got was received from an anonymous source in Florida :P

 

Kidding, sorry.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

Good job, Mr. Glasgow. Tell parents what the publisher, ESRB, and voice actors for all three principal protagonists have already said several times. Parents are lucky they have such a shining white knight to stand against the evil game industry.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

I thought i'd come in here and dismiss whatever he said as being a public figure that hates videos games, but i got to say; i support what he's trying to do. I'm perfectly happy with parents not buying the game for their kids and i'm over joyed he isn't going to an extreme and taking legal action.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

One can support a public figure's goal while still being displeased when they demonstrate near complete lack of domain knowledge and then portray their ignorance as fact to parents.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

Not that it would have really worked either.

 - W

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

That's fine if it means parents actually do what they are suppose to and decide this game may not be right for their children. I'd much rather these anti-game violence people appeal to parents than try to completely shift the burden on to retailers or publishers.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

Wow, people are covering their eyes at tame shit like that. Pathetic. The only thing that even slightly bothered me is the torture part and not because of the torture but the sheer lack of logic in the ending of that mission. You honestly expect that they're going to let a half naked Arab man with a bloody crotch get on a plane in this country? Yeah, not happening.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

I think even Rockstar themselves would tell parents not to buy it for their junior high children.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

LOL, ever the politician. Wait till your actions will have no effect, then demand the boycott.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

He likely didn't even know about the game until recently.

Re: Illinois State's Attorney Pushes for 'Economic Boycott' ...

I'm wondering how he couldn't, but then I recall, this is a politician

 
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