A Danish advocacy group encourages you to “hit the bitch” as a way to end domestic violence. Basically, you go online and take a swing at a woman speaking. There are ratings for how “pussy” or “gangsta” you are — every time you slap the woman, you get more “gangsta.” The harder you hit, the more gangsta you are. The woman gets increasingly bruised as your “gangsta” rating creeps toward 100 percent.
I was curious as to what the end message was going to be, so I kept “hitting the bitch” thinking after one or two times there would be some sort of lesson in all of this. But… no. You have to hit the woman like 15 times as she cries and touches her face and staggers backward and is bruised and bloody. It’s horrific. When you finally reach “100% Gangsta,” she falls over.
And that’s where the big lesson comes in. A message flashes on the screen: “100% GANGSTA.” Then “gangsta” is taken out and replaced with “idiot” — so you’re “100% IDIOT!”
…and that’s it. You’re then taken to a graphic of the woman laying on the floor sobbing, and some words in Danish which I assume are domestic violence statistics and resources. But in order to get there, you have to spend ten minutes “hitting the bitch” and being told you’re a total pussy if you’re not hitting her hard enough or often enough. But then – gotcha! – you’re actually an idiot! This, somehow, is supposed to convey to everyone that hitting women is bad. After you’ve played a game that rewards you for hitting a woman.
Color me unconvinced.
Thanks to Michael and Mike for the link.