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Jack Thompson tells me to rape a child: Advocating molestation is not cool

11:09 PM on 03.17.2008 // Jim Sterling

Jack Thompson is my best friend in the whole wide world. I know some of you don't like the guy and are sick of hearing of him, so by all means go read one of our many other stories, but for those of you who love our notorious Destructoid community member, you may be shocked to learn that he encouraged me to molest a child in our last correspondence.

Excited over the score for freedom that was Manhunt 2's unbanning in the UK, I shared my joy with Mr. Thompson. As a believer in American justice, I thought he might share my satisfaction that freedom of choice had been granted in my home country. He didn't seem too fond of the idea, though.

After first trying to claim that the game had never been banned, he answered my correction by suggesting that I molest children and accused me of doing so indirectly through Rockstar. Apparently, supporting the rights of a company to release entertainment that meets legal rating criteria means you want to interfere with minors inappropriately.

I don't know, telling me to molest children, heavily implying that I am indeed somebody who enjoys such activity ... do you think I have grounds for a libel suit here? Those are some pretty serious allegations, so I ask the Destructoid community for legal advice concerning Thompson's words. After the jump, you can read the full transcription and decide for yourselves. I reckon we have a case though.

Jim Sterling: The BBFC has been overruled by the Video Appeals Committee and Manhunt 2 will go on sale in the UK:
Isn't that awesome, Jack? Censorship is never good, and now we've seen a huge victory for freedom of market decision. I'm so happy!

Jack Thompson: Keeping adult products from children is not censorship.  Also, censorship is a ban on material, prohibiting its sale to anyone.  Don't you own a dictionary?  What are you , a moron?

Sterling: Um, you DO realize the game's sale was prevented from everyone in the UK by the BBFC, right? It WAS banned, not just from children. So yes, it was censorship. Now it's unbanned, rated 18, like it should be.


Thompson: Why don't you just molest children directly rather than through Rockstar.  It would be more personal that way

Sterling: Did you just accuse me of child molestation, Mr. Thompson? As a man who pursues many cases of libel against him, you really should learn to not be a hypocrite.

Go read the story. I don't even want to play this game. But I want the choice to not play it to be mine. Have you no respect for freedom of choice, sir?

Jack Thompson hasn't answered, but I think there is ground for a lawsuit here. Such accusations could be taken very seriously and in any case, encouraging someone to molest kids really is quite questionable for a man who claims to protect them. I wonder if not reporting it could be considered conspiring to molest. Maybe I should warn the cops that there's an online advocate of this kind of thing.

Just kidding, Jack. I know you'd never seriously encourage this ... would you? I'd hate to have to sue you. 

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