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   Undertoad  Thursday Oct 9 01:18 PM

10/9/2003: Ghettopoly



This news image turned up on the wires today, and news-googling on it suggests that we have here a rising controversy. Some people seem to have steam coming out of their ears over it.

It's "Ghettopoly", and it looks pretty hilarious. The official website says "Buying stolen properties, pimpin hoes, building crack houses and projects, paying protection fees and getting car jacked are some of the elements of the game. Not dope enough?...If you don't have the money that you own to the loan shark you might just land yourself in da Emergency Room." And the game pieces: Pimp, Hoe, 40 oz, Machine Gun, Marijuana Leaf, Basket Ball and Crack.

And as expected, some people are throwing fits -- in this news image, it's Philly black clergy. Amongst other things, they're unhappy with the intentionally-misspelled "Malcum X" and "Martin Luthor King Jr." They want Urban Outfitters to stop carrying the game.

Quite predictably, this is the most and best publicity that the game could ever hope for. How else would it have made the IotD, for example? It's not funny or striking enough on its own. But with the controversy it becomes interesting.

This controversy reminds me of the Cellar thread where Nic Name could not stand certain tasteless humor. The "Ghettopoly" maker also intends to bring out "Redneckopoly" so it's certainly not a very simple racial matter. My first take is that it's more important to have a sense of humor about one's situation than anything else and that it's important for us to do away with meaningless political correctness, and so I am on the side of "Ghettopoly" at first glance. If we laugh at our stereotypes, we are at least being open about them, which just might allow them to fall away more easily over time.



juju  Thursday Oct 9 01:43 PM

Redneckopoly? This is an outrage!!



SteveDallas  Thursday Oct 9 01:58 PM

No doubt Geekopoly is next. ("YESSS!!! You landed on the Opteron 64 with a gigabyte ethernet card! You owe me $1000 rent!!")



Jacque Strapp  Thursday Oct 9 02:14 PM

Quote:
And the game pieces: Pimp, Hoe, 40 oz, Machine Gun, Marijuana Leaf, Basket Ball and Crack.
As any true pimp knows, Hoe is spelled Ho, as in 'smack my ho up and grab the booty'. Obviously Ghettopoly is not being pimped by real-life pimps!


elSicomoro  Thursday Oct 9 02:16 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by juju
Redneckopoly? This is an outrage!!
Shut up, redneck.


daniwong  Thursday Oct 9 02:20 PM

"And the game pieces: Pimp, Hoe, 40 oz, Machine Gun, Marijuana Leaf, Basket Ball and Crack."

(Don't know how to quote single lines)

Ok - how many gansta's do you know that instead of saying "weed, chronic, bud, etc." would say Marijuana leaf??!!



Elspode  Thursday Oct 9 02:23 PM

Does anyone else think that people getting all pissed off about this is sort of a defacto admission that the things being parodied actually do exist, and they'd just rather not be reminded of it?



Nothing But Net  Thursday Oct 9 05:19 PM

Quote:
Pimp, Hoe, 40 oz, Machine Gun, Marijuana Leaf, Basket Ball and Crack.
So what? At one time or another I've been around all that shit and I'm white, mofos!


juju  Thursday Oct 9 05:26 PM

When were you around crack?



Pie  Thursday Oct 9 06:26 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by juju
When were you around crack?
Ever seen a plumber?

- Pie


elSicomoro  Thursday Oct 9 06:55 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by juju
When were you around crack?
He lives in Houston...I hear that whole town is a shithole.


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Oct 9 09:58 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by juju
When were you around crack?
Don't have to be around it. It's all around me.


Stonan  Thursday Oct 9 10:31 PM

You have to wonder if there would be this much of a stink if it was Honkytown....



Nothing But Net  Thursday Oct 9 10:32 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by sycamore


He lives in Houston...I hear that whole town is a shithole.
Google on <a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=shithole+philadelphia+philly&btnG=Google+Search">Shithole Philadelphia Philly</a>

172 results.

Google on <a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=shithole+Houston+Htown&btnG=Google+Search">Shithole Houston Htown</a>

1 result, and shithole and Houston weren't even juxtaposed.

Don't dis my 'hood, Slim!


elSicomoro  Thursday Oct 9 10:44 PM

Using "shithole Houston": 1090
Using "shithole Philadelphia": 928

Nyah!



Nothing But Net  Friday Oct 10 12:04 AM

Statistically insignificant.

Kinda like you syc, since, while you are in the 18-35 demographic, you sure as fuck ain't typical!

It's a good thing!




Skunks  Friday Oct 10 12:11 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by sycamore
Using "shithole Houston": 1090
Using "shithole Philadelphia": 928

Nyah!
What if the page found is, instead of commenting on Philadelphia, referring to a shithole of a friend who moved to Philadelphia, or the shithole that somebody moved to after living in Philadelphia, or whathaveyou?

In the interest of coming up with better search terms, how many ways can you type "Philadelphia is a shithole"?


Nothing But Net  Friday Oct 10 12:22 AM

Read the actual Google blurbs at least, only one on the first page calls Houston a shithole, and he's from France.



wolf  Friday Oct 10 06:24 PM

Dammit!!

Urban Outfitters isn't carrying the game anymore, and the manufacture's website says it's backordered through November 27 ...



Nothing But Net  Sunday Oct 12 12:35 AM

Go back and click on these!

<a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=shithole+philadelphia+philly&btnG=Google+Search">Shithole Philadelphia Philly</a>

<a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=shithole+Houston+Htown&btnG=Google+Search">Shithole Houston Htown</a>

Haaaaz!!!



quzah  Sunday Oct 12 08:26 AM

Re: Go back and click on these!

Quote:
Originally posted by Nothing But Net
Haaaaz!!!
I think it's safe to say you both live in shit-holes.

Quzah.


SteveDallas  Sunday Oct 12 01:39 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by wolf
Dammit!!

Urban Outfitters isn't carrying the game anymore, and the manufacture's website says it's backordered through November 27 ...
So buy one off of ebay! some copies were bid up over $100.... in spite of the fact that other auctions were "buy it now" for as little as $36. Oh and lots of Ghettopoly-branded accessories (all officially licensed I'm sure ) such as tshirts, tank tops and thong panties. (I can't speak for the rest of the guys, but that's one article of underwear I hope I never actually see on a woman.)


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Oct 12 04:07 PM

Quote:
(I can't speak for the rest of the guys, but that's one article of underwear I hope I never actually see on a woman.)
That's terrible. If I see one being worn, I'll rip it right off.


OnyxCougar  Monday Oct 13 10:34 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Jacque Strapp


As any true pimp knows, Hoe is spelled Ho, as in 'smack my ho up and grab the booty'. Obviously Ghettopoly is not being pimped by real-life pimps!
Obviously, Jacque isn't a true pimp. As in "smack my ho up and grab DA booty".

His example, I just hear Undercover Brother while he was Anton Jackson. Scary.



SteveDallas  Saturday Oct 18 09:16 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by SteveDallas

So buy one off of ebay! some copies were bid up over $100.... in spite of the fact that other auctions were "buy it now" for as little as $36.
Too late now.. I read that ebay has now placed Ghettopoly on its list of banned items.


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