Is it hypocritical for Christians to be offended by 'Far Cry 5'? | The Tylt
Conservatives are melting down over "Far Cry 5" because the game pits the user against white Christian extremists in Montana instead of the usual brown people in exotic locations. They think Americans should not framed as the enemy—especially not in such a fraught and tense political climate. Others think white Christian villains are a refreshing take on the franchise and can't wait to play. It's just a game. What do you think?
Is it hypocritical for Christians to be offended by 'Far Cry 5'?
People are taking offense to the almost gleeful reactions to being able to kill white people in "Far Cry 5." Expressing complete and utter joy over the prospect of being able to slaughter caricatures of white conservative Christian men and women is distasteful at best. Whenever any minority group is depicted wrongly in the media, social justice warriors are up in arms to correct the record—but where's the outrage now?
William Hicks at Heat Street points out some of the worst takes here:
My day was going great until the people who make me mad online had to ruin it.
Yep, the new poster for Far Cry 5 shows a group of white people with an American flag who are presumably the bad guys and liberals are tripping over themselves in an orgy of self gratification at the prospect of shooting potential Trump voters in the virtual space.
Others think the game unfairly demonizes white Christians. The Verge reported on some of the negative reactions in gaming forums and elsewhere on the Internet:
But the art alone has already upset some fans. On the forum Politically Incorrect forum at 4chan, one commenter writes, “Sweet. If that is the plot I can find out who make FarCry game and NEVER FUCKING BUY ONE OF THEIR GAMES AGAIN.” Another writes, “Making the white people look evil. Getting fucking sick of this shit. You want us to become evil. We sure as fuck will.” Another goes further: “I hope they at least give us an ******evil ******* so that I can have the option to join them. If that were the case I would gladly pay $70 dollars to have a degenerate-hunter simulator.”
Others say the outrage is misplaced. Literally every single Far Cry game before this installment had the player in exotic locations where slaughtered huge numbers of people of color. There was outrage then too, but the answer was always "get over it and just play the game." This time around, Ubisoft is making the villains white Christian extremists for good reason. The most obvious example is the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where armed white Christian extremists took over the headquarters of the refuge.
Neo-Nazis recently threatened to march in Whitefish Montana after locals protested the mother of well-known Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer. Locals are suspicious of outsiders and are often heavily armed. And there's nothing but wide open space and wilderness. Native Montanan Erik Kaine says Montana is the perfect setting for a game like Far Cry.
Montana is the perfect setting for a modern day Western. Nobody lives there still. It's the fourth largest state in the country and boasts a population of just over 1 million souls. Only Wyoming and Alaska have lower population density than Montana (and both would have served equally well for a game like Far Cry 5, I reckon.)
Here's how people are reacting to the game. 🤔