May 27, 2010
Comedy Central removes anti-Semitic video game
Comedy Central has removed a video game with anti-Semitic stereotypes from its Web site.
“I.S.R.A.E.L. Attack,” which earlier this week was renamed “Drawn Together: The Movie: The Game,” was removed from the Comedy Central site, according to Honest Reporting, which mounted a successful campaign to pressure the television network to remove the game based on an animated series that had run on Comedy Central.
The game, which starts when a character states “You lied to me, Jew Producer,” centers on the Intelligent Smart Robot Animation Eraser Lady (I.S.R.A.E.L.), who is sent to murder children and wreak destruction.
“The network must have realized that it could not erase the protests as easily as its Israel robot erased its cartoon characters,” Honest Reporting said in an e-mail Thursday to its supporters.
“We believe that it would have been correct for Comedy Central to comment publicly and acknowledge its initial mistakes, perhaps even to make a public apology for the offense caused. After all, retractions and corrections are an accepted norm in the media business,” Honest Reporting said.
As part of the campaign to remove the offensive game, a number of bloggers—including some that have no link to Israel or Jewish causes—joined in pressuring Comedy Central, according to Honest Reporting.
As of Thursday, the Facebook group “Comedy Central-I.S.R.A.E.L. Attack game is offensive. Remove it” had nearly 3,000 members.