PETA claims anti-Mario campaign was a joke
You think we're over-reacting?
PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has responded to fan backlash over this week's anti-Mario campaign, insisting it wasn't an attack on the Ninty mascot, but a humorous attempt to raise awareness of a serious issue.
"Mario fans: Relax! PETA's game was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, a fun way to call attention to a serious issue, that raccoon dogs are skinned alive for their fur," Shakira Croce, PETA's media coordinator said.
The game involves a skinless tanuki, a Japanese raccoon, pursuing as Tanooki-clad Mario.
PETA insisted it was surprised at how seriously people took the game, but was thrilled that it had brought so much attention to the issue.
"No one really believes that Mario actually kills and skins a raccoon for his fur in Super Mario 3D Land," PETA spokeswoman Ashley Palmer told Kotaku.
"Our spoof is simply making a serious point: that there is a much darker story behind tanuki skins than Mario lets on. In games like Call of Duty, where characters shoot and kill animals, or in Dog Wars, where players have fun fighting and torturing dogs, it sends a dangerous message that this kind of behaviour is acceptable," she added.
More than a quarter of a million people played Mario Kills Tanuki in the first 36 hours, apparently. I tried it several times myself. It always ended with the skinless tanuki suffering further by falling down a hole. How ironic. ®
laughing at you not with you
"Call of Duty, where characters shoot and kill animals, or in Dog Wars, where players have fun fighting and torturing dogs, it sends a dangerous message that this kind of behaviour is acceptable"
Really, it doesn't.
Shit like this angries up my blood and that's as a veggie for over 20 years.
mentioned in the other thread, but applicable here too - go to youtube, and search for 'Penn & Teller Bullshit PETA'.
1> That excuse is as old as the hills - when you are caught out, claim "Oh, but I was only joking".
2> PETA have made it very clear that they don't *have* a sense of humour.
"Call of Duty, where characters shoot and kill animals"
And humans. Did you miss the humans? Lots and lots of humans? Seems like PETA don't give a fuck about their own species, only other ones.
And how often do you kill animals in CoD? Though I will admit to being surprised when my childish chicken-murder spree through the market in CoD7 was rewarded with a Steam achievement.