Software Maker Removes Offensive Remarks About Haitians from Video Game
New York, NY, December 9, 2003 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today praised Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., the maker of the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, for its decision to remove offensive references to Haitians from future versions of the game. The company's response came after ADL raised concerns about the game's use of inflammatory language and stereotypes of minorities.
"Take-Two Interactive Software has done the responsible thing by showing sensitivity and by removing the offensive language from future versions of the game," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "We welcome their decision to take corrective action in this case, and are pleased with their immediate response to our concerns."
The company notified ADL of its decision to modify the game today. Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games offered their "sincerest apologies to the Haitian people and Government of Haiti for any offense that may have been caused by statements made in the video game." The companies also gave their assurance that they "will remove the objectionable statements from future copies of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City."
ADL reached out to Take-Two Interactive Software after fielding complaints that the language used in the game was dehumanizing to real people and could have a profound impact on its players. At one point in the game, players are encouraged to "Kill all the Haitians."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.