12/26/06

Violent Perversions Concerning Lieberman's Campaign Money?

According to ConnecticutBlog and MLN, this is the kindof people that Lieberman takes his campaign money from.
An analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan watchdog group, found that the Connecticut Democrat, who won re-election last month as an independent, received about $73,000 from a variety of industry sources over the past two years.

Among the donors were Linda McMahon, chief executive officer of Stamford-based WWE Entertainment. McMahon said in an e-mail that she gave money to Lieberman because "I make contributions to a variety of candidates whom I respect.

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"If you're going to portray yourself as a champion against sex and violence on TV and in video games, it certainly doesn't look like you're completely serious if one of your big contributors makes its money from sex and violence," said Massie Ritsch, spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics.
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Asked why he accepted their money, Lieberman first joked, "I really don't get anything [contributions] from that industry.""


Now if that doesn't beat all? Joe is in the middle of a fight against video game violence and he takes money (and denies it!) from the ultimate in violent TV producers:

The WWE.

If you think it couldn't get any worse here well, YES! it can. Not only do they feature violence BUT violent sexual content as well:(warning!)


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That was taken from WWE's Raw. And if that doesn't expose the ultimate in hypocrisy than how's about a video game version of all of this violent content, "WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW", where they tout such features as:

  • Spanking mini-game - in bra and panties matchups, a female wrestler could enter a "spanking" mini-game. The meter mechanic from the chop battles are retained, but the player must perfectly time the button press three consecutive times to win. If the player does so, a cut scene of the two female wrestlers kissing is played.
  • Also added to the game was the Clean/Dirty system, which influenced each wrestlers tactics. Players can choose if the wrestler is clean, dirty or neutral. A clean or dirty wrestler has a meter that can be filled up by performing special clean/dirty actions or moves. Clean wrestlers with a full meter can enable a temporary rush of invincibility while dirty wrestlers can perform an illegal move.



[update]More Courtesy of JoeJoeJoe at MLN
More on an hidden feature in WWE similar to the Grand Theft Auto feature that sent Phony Joe into convulsions:

WWE Raw 2 Cheats
"Hint: Nude Characters
Either create a female character, or edit one of the existing ones and give them all pure black clothes (0,0,0 for all 3 options). Then have a match in any PPV arena and on the Titantron they will appear naked."



Violence, cheating, violence against women, sexual content... These games have it all, mirroring the WWE's television productions.

Lieberman falsely claims to carry the banner in the fight against violent videogames and violence on TV... He is really only a perverted spokesman for hypocrisy in action.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really don't understand, I mean, I dislike Joe as much as the next guy, but at least you guys could be consistent. Do you decry Joe for stupidly blaming child violence on video games (even though youth violence is down dramatically since the rise in popularity of video games in the early 90's) or are you offended that he took the money from something as adolescently titillating as wrestling? Take your pick, you can't be offended both ways.

Also, as I understand it the video game 'code' in the WWE game allows you to change the colors of the characters clothing to match the same tone used on the bodies, effectively them as 'nude' as a Barbie doll. So until you start protesting Barbie for overtly sexual, admit you don't know what you're talking about. It is nothing like the 'Hot Coffee' mod from last year, which in itself was harmless as it was inaccessible without the user altering the programming code of the game, not to mention the game was Mature rated to begin with.

Is Joe a hypocrite? Sure. But that said his being one doesn't give you license to be one as well.

Connecticut Man 1 said...

Joe is taking money from the industry that he is supposed to be fighting against. Yes he is a hypocrite. Does my diary say anywhere that I am outraged by the content of the shows/games myself? That I like or dislike these videos or video games?

NOPE!

Nor do I mention any of my opinions on ties between video game violence and real violence. Only you do.

You are reading opinion that doesn't exist in calling me a hypocrite. Please don't put words in my mouth. That just creates strawman arguments.

BUT I do have a problem with an anatomically incorrect doll (barbie) that sets an impossible to reach standard that makes girls and women feel as inadequate as the sickly-skinny models on the runways do. But that is a different topic, and THEY (the gamers) call them "nude/naked cheats". Not me. I don't play them. And as far as sexual content: The WWE has also had "live sex" performed on stage at their events. That is documented fact.

As for me? I am smart enough to know that I can change the channel, not buy the videos or games, and block them from my kids, etc., if I want to and without the help of HYPOCRITE Joe.

And the mother of all hypocrisy (if you bothered to check the rest of the Blogosphere?) is that Joe is fighting a war against fantasy violence, but pushing a very real and ugly violence in Iraq...

Now... You tell me:
Why is it that most anonymous comments that question Bloggers that (supposedly) hypocritically attack Joe often start with "Now I don't support Joe" but then go into arguments supporting Joe and attacking the Bloggers for non-existant, and off-topic, position statements? lol jk

I have met the strawman... And I have conquered him.