This doesn’t seem particularly politically correct.
Black leaders are outraged over a new board game called “Ghettopoly” that has “playas” acting like pimps and game cards reading, “You got yo whole neighborhood addicted to crack. Collect $50.”
Black clergymen say the game, the brainchild of a Pennsylvania man, should be banned, and have called for a boycott of Urban Outfitters unless the company stops selling Ghettopoly in its chain of clothing stores.
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“If we are silent on this issue there is more of this type to come,” the Rev. Robert P. Shine Sr., president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity, said at a sidewalk rally Wednesday in front Urban Outfitters’ corporate headquarters in Philadelphia.
Shine displayed the game board, with properties including Westside Liquor, Harlem, The Bronx, and Long Beach City, and squares labeled Smitty’s XXX Peep Show, Weinstein’s Gold and Platinum, and Tyron’s Gun Shop.
Players draw “Hustle” and “Ghetto Stash” cards with directions like, “You’re a little short on loot, so you decided to stick up a bank. Collect $75,” and “Steal $$$ if you pass Let$ Roll.”
Apparently, the creator of the game envisions a host of others, including “Thugopoly” and “Redneckopoly.” Aside from issues of whether there’s a problem here with Parker Brothers’ trademark on “Monopoly,” the situation does raise some free speech concerns in the sense that I’m not quite sure how the game could be “banned.” It may be in poor taste and it may be offensive, but the First Amendment protects many tasteless, offensive things.
More information on the game itself can be found at the Ghettopoly game website.
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