The Australian Christian Lobby has called on the Classification Board to uphold its own rules and refuse classification for the latest version of Grand Theft Auto.

ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis also called on other major retailers such as Big W to follow Target’s lead and remove it from sale.

A feature of GTAV is the ability for players to engage sexual services from a prostitute and kill her to get your money back.

This is in breach of two of the Classification Board’s guidelines for video games:

Computer games will be refused classification if they include or contain any of the following:

  1. Depictions of actual sexual violence
  2. Implied sexual violence related to incentives and rewards.

Ms Francis today said, “It is simply astonishing that, in a society that claims equality for men and women, this sort of gross and misogynistic conduct is tolerated. Whether it be real or simulated – there is no place in modern society for this sort of so-called entertainment.”

“There is a serious disconnect going on here. We cannot with one hand condemn the exploitation and sexualisation of women in real life, and with the other hand condone it in a virtual world. It should not matter that it’s happening on a screen. The themes and attitudes are just as real and probably more harmful to young people.”

A review on GameSpot.com characterises GTA’s portrayal of women as, “Strippers, long-suffering housewives, humourless girlfriends and goofy, new-age feminists.”

The ACL congratulates Target on its decision to remove GTAV from sale.
“We ask all retailers to follow Target’s lead and send a zero-tolerance message towards violence against women.” Ms Francis said.

The Australian Christian Lobby today calls for the Classification Board to reclassify Grand Theft Auto V as “Refused Classification”, as it breaches Australian classification guidelines.