blogenlust
9.01.2004

Wack Iraq


WTF?
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Jersey game called "Wack the Iraq," where players fire paintballs at people dressed as Arabs, has drawn ire from Arab groups after the city failed to convince the operator to change its name this summer. The City of Wildwood, a seaside resort in southern New Jersey popular with summer vacationers, said the game would continue to operate until the end of this summer holiday season, but would change its name when it returns next year, according to Fred Wager, commissioner of public affairs and public safety for Wildwood. [...] Arab groups have voiced outrage at the name and the notion of killing Iraqis for fun, and had asked that the city shut the game down immediately. Instead, a compromise was reached to change the game's name for next summer. The game targets teenagers, said Aref Assaf, President of the New Jersey chapter of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. "(The game) tells them to kill Arabs and that it is legal, and you can have fun doing it," he told Reuters. Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks by al Qaeda, which killed almost 3,000 people, Arab and Muslim Americans have suffered a spike in discriminatory acts.
A compromise was reached? So apparently it is ok to play a game that mockingly kills Arabs as long as it isn't called "Wack the Iraq." It is probably because the name "Wack the Iraq" doesn't even make sense. Maybe if it was "Whack Iraq" or "Whack the Iraqi," but "Wack the Iraq"? Only correctly spelled and grammatically correct, racially divisive game names, please.