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September 21, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V Attacks Conservatives Liberals

It's so over-the-top I'm half-suspicious it's actually some kind of ironic meta thing attacking conservatives.

But I don't think so, not really. I don't think many people have so much faith in their audiences that they'd assume they'd look beyond the surface message to find the contradictory meta ironic counter-message.

I also don't know if there's some kind of similar parody running against other political strains.

The "show," "Impotent Rage: The Liberal Superhero," runs on the televisions in the game (you can watch TV in the game), and is a cartoon.

Mild content warning for Heavy Metal style cartoon boobs and such.


Update: rosignol notes that the last GTA, GTA IV, spoofed Republican militarism.

Yeah I remember when we invaded Afghanistan for no reason whatsoever. That's exactly what happened. Nailed it.

Another commenter suggests that there's something in the game that pokes fun of conservatives who argue, in Rockstar's belief, that pollution is good.

Yeah I figured they'd do that. It didn't seem like a smart business move move away from "neutrality."

They seem to be libertarian (or think they are). In one of their games, Red Dead Redemption, there were endless quasi-libertarian/old school conservative "political" discussions while you rode horses with salt-of-the-earth sheriff types.

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