Facebook game comes under fire for encouraging players to shoot gay men

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Facebook is facing criticism for hosting the game “Kill to avoid Forest Sex,” a hunting game with naked gay men targeting the player for a different kind of violent encounter; at present, it has gotten nearly five thousand “likes.”

To avoid being violated, players have to shoot the naked gay men that come running at them. According to PinkNews, the game features graphic animated anal sex (presumably as the “game over” screen), and encourages aiming directly at the naked men’s rear ends.

However, a search for the game using Facebook does not bring the page up, and using Google only produces a bare-bones profile page for the game, with options to Like the page and write on its wall, but not to play it, suggesting user outrage resulted in the game being taken down.

The game originated on the French site Uzinagaz, where it can still be played under the name “prend garde a tes fesses chasseur,” meaning roughly, “guard your ass hunter.”

The game hosted on Uzinagaz no longer features naked gay men, having been replaced with apparent ape-men, but failing to shoot them still results in what is clearly a sexual assault on the hunter.

PinkNews quoted Uzinagaz’s site owner, Jean Christophe Calvet, as saying in 2009, “We launched this game a long time ago [2002] and it worked very well. It was only a few years after it came out that a gay rights association took legal action against us. […] I have to say that at the beginning, we really didn’t understand why the association was attacking us. The guy who came up with the game, Stéphane Aguie, wanted to mock hunters and red-necks, not gay men.

“Our games are not politically correct. They’re aimed at teenagers (12-18) and it’s true that they’re of a juvenile humor. I realize now that this one in particularly could be found shocking, but I believe that you should be able to make this kind of joke in the name of freedom of speech. Incidentally, not everyone in the gay community was supportive of banning the game.”

Facebook’s official guideline on hate speech states that “there are instances of offensive content, including distasteful humor, that are not hate speech according to our definition. In these cases, we work to apply fair, thoughtful, and scalable policies.”

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