Target Australia has announced that they chain will not be carrying Grand Theft Auto 5 in their stores, due to the games depictions of violence against women. Target made their finally decision after receiving complaints from customers concerning the game’s graphic nature and its depictions of violence against women.
Initially the store performed a public defense to keep the game in stores, however the decision was overturned after an online petition was kicked off by survivors of violence. The petition started on November 29th, and has already racked up over 41,000 signature thus persuading the chain to finally drop the game from their stores.
Target General Manager Corporate Affairs Jim Cooper did mention that this decision was made after “extensive community and customer concern about the game.”
He also stated: “We’ve been speaking to many customers over recent days about the game, and there is a significant level of concern about the game’s content. We’ve also had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective on the issue. However, we feel the decision to stop selling GTA 5 is in line with the majority view of our customers.”