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Hypocrisy: Game hating governor's son causes controversy with his own game

10:56 AM on 02.25.2008 // Jim Sterling
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Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius is no fan of videogames, nor modern music. She fully supported attempts to legislate videogame sales, claiming that games and song lyrics "promote violence," and are among the new challenges that parents face in the protection of their chilluns. Well, she's very proud of her own child, who released Don't Drop the Soap, a board game set in a prison where players can get their hands on a pretend bag of cocaine or murder people by putting glass in their food. Sounds awesome.

Sebelius, who would like to see restrictions placed on videogames, actually applauded the creativity of her son and has allowed the game to be sold online from her own home. This rather blatant hypocrisy has recently been picked up by a Republican legislator who has deemed the game "racist, obscene and degrading."

Senator Tim Huelskamp wrote a letter to the Kansas attorney general, in which he said:

We have uncovered evidence [that the governor’s mansion] is and/or was the warehouse [for Don’t Drop the Soap].

Deliberate misuse of state property is potentially criminal and I call upon the Kansas Attorney General to investigate this matter quickly.

Hilarious all round, really. Nothing like watching two-faced politicians get smacked for their bullshit,  or other politicians over-reacting and whining about "obscenity." While I can defend the board game for being aimed clearly at adults (Hell, I'd play it), it's a shame that the mother of the game's creator couldn't have had that attitude toward videogames. Now she's getting a little taste of what the games industry has to put up with, and I couldn't be happier for her. Ultimately though, everybody involved in this "controversy" is a moron, and that's the most important factor.



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