Monday, October 23, 2006

Why Take This Asshole Seriously?


I know people love
the crazy. I, personally, enjoy a good dose of lunacy now and then.

But can someone tell me why the media treats Jack Thompson as credible in any sense? I don't care so much about his hijinks with the law - that's just a part of the American system available to all of us. I just can't seem to figure out why the news media would ever put him on as a voice fit to speak on anything relating to video games. He doesn't have an opposing viewpoint - he's a fanatic teetotaller, lacking either brains or a substantive understanding of the issues.


So it is that we come to two juicy tidbits of news.

First, the bisexual smoochfest that is Bully. Jack Thompson, after hearing of the schoolboy action, exclaimed, "Gay stuff? That gay game is gaying it up in the gayborhood. Gay." No, actually, he said something equally bigoted and nonsensical: "We just found gay sexual content in Bully, as Jimmy Hopkins makes out with another male student. Good luck with your 'Teen' rating now, Patty."

Kissing is sexual content? Holy fuckbeans, Batjack! I guess I'll have to destroy all my copies of that kiddie porn, My Girl.

Oh, wait, no. Thompson singles out the boy-boy kissing. I'm sure he'll claim that the game will tear apart the fabric of society. I'm going to guess he's a 'social conservative', which means that he masks his bigotry behind a stunted morality.


The other bit of news is that Thompson may face contempt charges for his courtroom behavior during his Bully media stunt. If I had to take a guess, I'd say that Jack was throwing his feces all over the place.

I'm not asking why gamers keep talking about JT. He's the ultimate gamer supervillain.

What I'm wondering is why he shows up in newspapers. Why he's allowed to advise politicians. Why he pops up on talking heads shows.

The short answer's probably, "Ratings."

It's still annoying. How can we destroy this guy's credibility, considering he has none?

2 comments:

covert.c. said...

But can someone tell me why the media treats Jack Thompson as credible in any sense?

He's a very credible attention-getter, which is a perfectly fine tactic in the media these days.


He doesn't have an opposing viewpoint - he's a fanatic teetotaller, lacking either brains or a substantive understanding of the issues.

I suspect this is well-known about JT in media circles. Note that you've just described more than half the cast of characters featured nightly on Fox "News".

My opinion (and I could be wrong) is that the best thing right now would be to simply stop giving this guy attention. Editors should just start deleting his blog comments, and us gamers (and game makers) should stop blogging about it.

Patrick said...

I think its sort of a breakthrough, in content and content rating, that mild sexual content can pass for teen regardless of gender involved.