THQ and WWE ’13: Opressors of Freedom

In this post I’ll be discussing the shocking abuse to my freedom of speech/expression I’ve suffered at the hands of THQ and WWE 13.

The story starts off with a friend and me both renting WWE ’13. Our reasons for doing this were fairly simple, we wanted something to kill time until Halo 4 releases and we really wanted to play around with the creation modes in WWE 13.

After we both went to Family Video and rented our own copies we both sat down and immediately started messing around with the creation modes. My friend played around with the story line creator and I played around with the “create a wrestler” mode.

Before I explain how my rights were abused I must have to provide a little information about the online aspect of this game. In WWE ’13, as with most WWE games, there’s an online menu which allows you to do the following:

Play in ranked and unranked matches
Download content other users have made in the game
Upload and share your own content with others.

Now, to explain what happened. As I said, I was playing around in the “Create a wrestler” mode. While playing around the thought to make a “Ku Klux Klan” member occurred to me because, in all honesty I thought it would be funny and my friend could use it in his story line. My finished product was this:

A character named “Kyle Klayton Kardasian” that looks like a cross between a Klan member and Cobra Commander.

Fast forward to the next day, I went to get on WWE 13 and browse the online creations only to be greeted by this message:

When I first saw this message I didn’t think much of it and thought it was kind of funny. However, after a few days of reflection I now find this an absolute violation of my rights.

Yes, I do know what I created wasn’t very tasteful and could be taken as offensive by some people but, those people have the option of simply not downloading that character and even have the ability to give it a poor rating so that others don’t download it. Also, the character is obviously meant to be a joke, just look at it’s name.

Regardless of what I made, isn’t it my right as a citizen of The United States of America to express myself in any way I see fit? Also, if the tools, items, and ability to make this character are provided in the game why aren’t I allowed to create and upload it?

I do realize that THQ has multiple agreements on the game you’re supposed to comply with and that I may have been in violation of them but, I don’t see how those agreements can supersede the federal government or my rights.

I find THQ’s reaction to this not only ridiculous but also a complete abuse of it’s powers. THQ could have simply suspended me from uploading content, removed my content and warned me not to upload offensive material, or done a number of other things.

I’ve tried to contact THQ for the last three days. I have yet to hear back from them and I am still unable to play online.

I’ll provide updates on this story as it continues.

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Cajun Pawn Stars Intro: Is It Racist?

First of yes, this is a thing. After the success of the regular “Pawn Stars” this show started up and appears to be doing just as well as the original.

Say what you will about the shows, they’re obviously not great pieces of film but they are occasionally interesting and are really great for when you want to just kind of turn your brain off and watch TV.

Regardless of that though, the intro to “Cajun Pawn Stars” both enrages and annoys me. I do not understand it at all. Here’s exactly what is said in the intro:

“We’re no Sin City. You can give a man a watch, and he’ll trade it for a mule which might be worth a shoe-shine and that watch will move from one hand to the next and then the next. People bring all kinds of stuff through our doors here in the small town of Alexandria Louisiana, what goes around comes around and I hope to be here when it does.”

It’s a little hard to know what I’m talking about with the visual to go along, so here’s a link to an episode: (You can just watch the intro)

http://www.history.com/shows/cajun-pawn-stars/videos/playlists/full-episodes#cajun-pawn-stars-this-little-piggy

The reason why I can’t understand this intro is because the first “Trade” it shows is a watch for a mule which is understandable I guess but, it then shows that same watch being traded for a shoe-shine then from what I can see it’s put away then stolen by the only African American person in the entire introduction then that person takes it and puts it in the store to sell.

I don’t want to come off as paranoid or over sensitive but doesn’t it seem a little racist that the only time an African American person is shown they’re stealing something?

Also, if you can somehow put the racist part of the intro out of your mind for a minute, how does that watch go from being worth the same as a mule (Which from what I gather is around $1,500) to being worth a shoe-shine which is worth at most $50?

I think it’s safe to say that it’s obvious that the history channel is trying to make its viewers think the south is both stupid and incredibly racist.

Note:

The last part is meant as a joke, I’m honestly not upset by this show in anyway. The intro just annoys me because the logic doesn’t add up and it is certainly at least a little off-color.

UPDATE:

The next episode to air after this blog was posted featured a completely new intro. I’m not saying this blog was the cause of it but, I couldn’t see any other reason for them to change the intro a couple episodes into the season.

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The Most Hated Family in America

The other night I saw a documentary called “The Most Hated Family in America”. The documentary was done by the BBC’s Louis Theroux and can be found here:

http://documentaryheaven.com/louis-theroux-most-hated-family-in-america/

So, rather than bore you with the lame introduction as to how/why I found this documentary about “The Westboro Baptist Church” I think I’ll just jump right into how I felt after watching this piece of film.

My feelings after watching the hour long documentary were initially that of plain disgust. I couldn’t understand how people are capable of such raw and pure hatred of, as it appears everything and everyone. However, after thinking about what I saw and heard my feelings started to shift more towards that of fear.

I can say with absolute sincerity that what I saw horrified me. Reason being, these people aren’t just religious fanaticals, they’re members of society. They work and interact with the public every day of their lives. They’re surrounded by those they consider “Rebels” and “Fag-lovers” every single day.

This horrifies me because of the pure hatred these people are capable of. I fear that when they’re in public places they manage to underhandedly influence others into either accepting their hatred, or enrage them enough to make them get upset.

Take for instance the fact that there are many members of “The Westboro Baptist Church” that are children under the age of 18. That means these children go to school. Yes, some are home-schooled but some do go to public school and I fear that these children have such hate infused into them that it rubs off on their classmates.

We know how impressionable youth is, if a child is confident, outgoing and “Cool” the others want to be like them. The children who are members of “The Westboro Baptist Church” all seem like very confident, outgoing children who are probably viewed as “Cool” by some of their classmates. Therefore, these other children are more than likely being influenced to follow the views of “The Westboro Baptist Church”. I also think it’s highly likely that these children bully others into feeling badly about not sharing their beliefs.

Now, it also bears mentioning that right before viewing “America’s Most Hated Family” I saw about a half hour of a documentary on “The Ku Klux Klan”. I did not catch the name of that documentary but, it did provide me with a very nice contrast for “America’s Most Hated Family”.

The documentary on the “Ku Klux Klan” pointed out that most members of the clan aren’t outwardly hostile towards people of different races, religions, or sexual orientations. Members of the clan generally interact very well with other non-white people; they just do not associate with them in their private lives.

The reason I bring this up is because it’s just mind blowing to me that members of “The Ku Klux Klan” are capable of being so kind and understanding to those that are different from them but “The Westboro Baptist Church” have no ability to even tolerate those of other views, and orientations.

I don’t have much of a conclusion for this, all I can say is I hope that you found it interesting and that it made you want to take a look into the topics I discussed.

Alright, well that’s my rant or whatever you want to call it for now. I haven’t done any writing in a while, and I apologize for how rough and poorly written this is so, I reserve the right to go back in and edit it at some point. Anyway, I should be doing more writing in the future and promise to bore you further by posting anything I find “Blog worthy”.

Edit:

After reflecting on this post and having a couple discussions about it I feel I need to make a couple things clear.

This article appears to humanize the “Ku Klux Klan” and I did not mean to do that at all. I was trying to get across the point that “The Westboro Baptist Church” is so terrifying that they make “The Ku Klux Klan” look like nice people.

That’s not to say some Klan members aren’t nice people but, that’s a topic for another day.

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