While we continue to hear stories from whiny religious folks about their delusions being offended, one of the latest complaints from some Muslim groups is that they find the background music in the eagerly anticipated “LittleBigPlanet” to be “offensive”. LittleBigPlanet was to be released yesterday but has been delayed as the game’s developer caved to the protests of the Muslim groups.
Videogame delayed over possible offense to Muslims
. . .” its release date has been put back after one of its background music tracks, a song by Mali-born artist Toumani Diabate, was found to have included expressions from the Koran, which could be interpreted as an offence to Muslims.”
Shit, the entire text of the Koran and Bible is offensive to many of us! The Koran and the Bible contain some of the most offensive literature ever published. Why aren’t we all out there protesting and demanding apologies and removal of these questionable texts from store shelves? Well, that answer is easy . . . the majority of we Americans believe in the freedom of speech and expression.
Religious folks complain about certain games, movies, and other forms of entertainment being offensive to them and instead of just not buying the product or choosing not to see a film they find objectionable, they want to censor these things for everyone. I find many films, games, magazines, etc to be offensive and I simply do not purchase those things or attend those films. It would be crazy for me to go around demanding that just because something offends me that it must be removed or changed to accommodate my sensitivities. But when the religious folks go around demanding things be removed or banned to accommodate their beliefs, god botherers are taken seriously, as the developers of LittleBigPlanet are taking their demands seriously.
According to a separate statement on the website of Media Molecule, the British-based developers of LittleBigPlanet, they were “shell-shocked and gutted” by the delay to the game’s release.
“We learnt… that there is a lyric in one of the licensed tracks which some people may find offensive, and which slipped through the usual screening processes,” the statement read.
“Obviously MM and Sony together took this very seriously. LBP should be enjoyable by all.”.
Now, how many “true believers” are going to be enjoying this game anyway, with or without the “offensive” background music? Why can’t these folks go find some hungry people to feed, some poverty to fight against, some wars to solve, some abused children to care for, etc?
As one commenter at GamesRadar said sarcastically, “what brave new world we live in.”