“So, uh, God…. think we could just not do stupid people anymore?”
The quote in which I wholeheartedly agreed with when I was watching a Youtube video the other day. A relatively new-ish friend, Chris Kiku Kubiak hosts his own Youtube channel and in a video posted Wednesday, he spoke about stupid people’s reactions to two big reveals in the nerd kingdom. Talking about the reveal trailer of Far Cry 5 and the absurd petition behind it, as well as the comments regarding the new Star Trek series cast being comprised of mostly women and people of other races.
Moments before watching, I had only been recently alerted to the Far Cry 5 petition, and the steam machine that is my brain went into overdrive about what I could possibly say about it. Then I watched Kubiak’s video. The wind in my sails was temporarily taken away, as he had hit pretty much all the ideas I wanted to cover. That didn’t stop me from wanting to write about it. Just means I can parlay my buddy’s quotes and and my own little fuel to the fire.
The Far Cry 5 Petition AKA White Christians Aren’t Bad Everyone Else Is
So, reading, and rereading to make sure I wasn’t daydreaming lunacy, has brought me to the mindset I am now. The one that, as you can read from Kiku’s quote, I am more than wiling to beg the omnipresent universe maker to put a recall on a bad batch of people they shipped out. Defective, in the sense that maybe their mind isn’t firing on all cylinders and could use a tune up.
Do I think people deserve a voice? Hell yes I do, platforms that let anyone with a message or a campaign speak freely is basically how I got my start, which allows me to talk about the stupid moments like this. That doesn’t mean that trolls or legitimately ignorant fans should be able to go about spreading underlying messages like:
- White Christians are not the bad people, change them to Islamic people!
- White Christians never hurt anyone, but the black and mexican ones do!
- America isn’t full of ignorant religious sects who kill people or do downright horrible things, but we kinda heard Canada might!
If you think I’m making shit up, just take a look at what this group, Gamers United, posted in their petition to have the game canned.
And you thought I was bullshitting you? Yeah hard to stretch this petition for any kind of news. They practically set everyone up for articles and videos to be done about them, which, in a way, is what they want.
Either we’re being trolled super hard (which is the current consensus) and we’re reacting to it which breathes life into said trolls or we’re giving publicity to a group that is wholeheartedly ignorant but stubborn enough to turn any rebuttal into just ‘hate fuel’. I’m not sure how much media coverage this has really received, but it was enough to catch my (and 1,905 people who signed it) attention. They can spin the negative press anyway they can, the more people that see other journalists/bloggers/Youtubers ‘hating’ on it, the more support they rally for their uninformed cause.
Do I think my voice will help people see what exactly is happening? Hell no! I barely get 20 views per article, on a good day. Out of those 20 people, half are likely to just skim the surface of the article and move on, while the other half sees some rationality but doesn’t walk away any wiser. BUT I can at least try to send a message to the stupid/ignorant people who started this petition.
Christian Extremism is NOT New
How to put this delicately… There are many religious sects that can be seen as radical in the terms and conditions their particular deity made them scroll through on sign up. Some have clauses saying they must die in the name of their lord, others say they must worship bovine, and others say do unto others and then proceed to ignore that request for hundreds of years. The big problem with these religions is that they are based on text from a deity or written by those who have talked to them, then loosely warped and twisted to certain people’s views. These divisive sects then pick off the mentally feeble of the bigger groups, like cheetahs hunting gazelle, and pull them into their folds, then asking them to cancel their current subscription of Almighty Monthly and join them in truly honoring their god, sacrificing goats. Or Virgins. Or Drinking Kool-Ade.
Within all the jokes, there is truth. Religions created sub-religions unconsciously and these sub-religious sometimes become dangerous. A few names of people who followed religion, most Christianity, had a moment change them and set them on a path to form smaller sects, better known as cults are:
- Heaven’s Gate: Started by a man, Marshall Applewhite, who had just had a near death experience and claimed to see a religious vision. Believing he and his nurse were “The Two” described in the Book of Revelations, started a somewhat small following who drank arsenic and vodka flavored juice to commit suicide, just so they could die and their spirits hitch a ride on a Spaceship following a comet.
- Peoples Temple: One of the larger cults out there started by a man who followed the Pentecostal faith (oh look another sect of Christianity). Jim Jones was widely successful in getting people to follow him, including African Americans because he preached racial equality. Now sure, they had the racial aspect Gamers United was asking for, but doesn’t make this any less culty. I didn’t dive to deeply into the history, as there seemed to be a decent amount, but his cult was responsible for the death of a political figure, and in order to save themselves from the backlash, drank the “Kool-Aid”, commiting massive suicide.
- Scientology: This one is obvious, the most well known in our current society. And yes, I see it as a cult. Founded by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, who crafted the Church of Scientology based of his system of Dianetics, which was basically a mental health science he crafted which spun into a huge movement. This one doesn’t have any grounding in Christianity, but it does have creators “Thetans” and some odd story about a galactic tyrant. Just reading about this is weird, but the main message is they have been accused by former members of basically brainwashing them and controlling parts of their lives (and money). No mass suicides here, but the crazy still stands.
I know, little to go off of when we are talking about Far Cry 5’s extremist Christians in Montana, but honestly a simple Google search showed at least 15 other examples of insane Church organizations that either inflicted violence on people around them, or called for weird and sometimes perverse practices. All in the name of religion.
“Who The Fuck Wants To Shoot Canadians?”
Spot on, Kiku, spot on. I was thinking it but you said it. Taking into consideration that Ubisoft wont change the set story it probably took more than a year to craft, the extremist, white, Christian aspect will most likely not change too much. But let’s just say one demand was picked by Ubisoft and they said “Why the fuck not, let’s at least lower the olive branch.” What on Earth makes you think they’d start by picking Canada as the locale swap?
The one country famous for being ridiculously over polite, even their arguments end in apologies. The country that really seems to have their shit together in comparison to ours, is the one place you want violence to erupt in? Do you just not pay attention to how Canadian’s act. Super polite, respectful. Hell, I’m not saying that they don’t have a bad side, if they didn’t then I would start suspecting them of being Cyborgs or Alien Pod People but that doesn’t mean they are secretly the most violent place on the planet.
Asking Ubisoft to move it to Canada is a sheltered idea. I say this because you don’t want to “turn away potential players due to offensiveness” and by keeping it in America, you say that American’s will not buy it. How is it offensive? To say that American Extreme Christians don’t exist was wrong, so what’s left is that you don’t think Americans can be violent against other Americans.
Have you looked at the news? Have you heard of any of the heinous acts human beings are doing upon others in our own country? Before you spin it to be Islam or other races, there have been plenty of White American on everybody else attacks. To say they don’t happen, just proves how sheltered you are.
To run down the history of each locale for the past games, I’ll make a list and see if you can spot a fucking pattern:
- Far Cry: South Pacific rain forests
- Far Cry 2: African Landscapes
- Far Cry 3: Tropical Islands between the Indian and Pacific Oceans
- Far Cry 4: Himalayan Country
Now what do they have in common? A lot of these areas that either the games are set in or based upon have been ravaged by wars of some kind, with each game basically picking up on those specific themes. Africa has been ravaged by wars, South Pacific rain forests are just cliche at this point but they have been commonly done as a wartime or mercenary shoot up free for all. The tropical Island setting has had it’s fair share of use but there is a fair grain of realism as there were and still are modern day pirates running around stealing and killing. Himalayan Country actually has the fucking developer stating they were inspired by the Nepalese Civil War.
Real life connections to these game locations, actual logical settings for each one. Minus the first Far Cry as again it was an over used troupe as far as I’m concerned. So why is America such a bad place to set the game? Oh, wait…. it’s perfect.
As Controversial as it maybe, the game is picking up on key tones that can be found in America. It is only offensive if you don’t realize this has happened, that this may be happening in our own country. Then again, you probably wont buy that response but honestly, let’s not drag Canada into your squabble with violence in America/Video Games.
The Long and Short of It
Honestly, I felt more came from this article than I expected. I thought Kiku said all there was but I guess I just felt like I had more to offer. I got carried away on a few tangents, had to do a bit of last minute research, and even got to use my favorite sentence enhancer a few times.
The basic thing is this: I get it. I know you’re either trolling or truly ignorant of what is happening in the world around you. That you want to blame other races you’ve been told or shown were hostile towards you and you’d rather they be the bad guy than someone you relate to. You also maybe religions can do no wrong, that god is good and making the bad guys use god as a reason for horrible actions ‘just isn’t your god’. And also that you would rather have Canada go up in a hale of gunfire, not sure what they did to you but ok.
The truth of all this is you don’t know any better, or maybe you do and you just choose not to acknowledge it. Guess what, though? The petition wont change their minds, and whether you meant to or not, you probably pushed the game into people’s ‘buy’ column just because this was absurd. So if you were just trollin’, good job, you did your job. High Fives all around. If you are serious, Gamers United, then I just feel really sorry for you.
Also if you are interested in seeing this absurd petition, I’ll provide a link below just for shits and giggles.