Last week in Tbilisi, Georgia (the country north of Turkey, not the state) an LGBT rally, gathered in celebration of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, was met with brutal opposition by conservative protestors, led by authorities of the Georgian Orthodox Church. The anti-gay protestors, numbering in the thousands, violently broke through police barricades to put and end to the rally before it even had a chance to get started. Police attempted to evacuate the rally attendees on buses but protestors attacked those as well, going so far as to break windows with rocks and trash cans as the buses departed. 13 were injured during the violent exchange.
The Prime Minister of Georgia and Mayor of Tbilisi both endorsed the rally, noting that LGBT citizens had a constitutional right to hold it. Patriarch Ilia II, leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church, on the other hand released a statement on the rally which he described as a “violation on the rights of the majority.”
And in the new Facebook game Call of Taburetka you can relive this horrific day again and again to your heart’s content.
In Call of Taburetka, or Call of the Stool, players control a stool-wielding priest as they beat their way through hordes of LGBT activists, flying homosexuals, and evacuation buses. The priest seems to magically float up and down the screen, endless shooter style, firing stools at the oncoming queers. The more gays and vehicles you take down the higher your score goes.
That’s right now you can do this:
…in between Farmville jaunts and poke wars.
Call of Taburetka has already been flagged for review by Facebook, and many users have posted on the game’s official page to let the creators know how they feel about the homophobic flash title. However the game’s creators argue that the game is not homophobic, rather it is merely a sarcastic take on the day’s events, with some going so far as to argue that it is in fact anti-homophobic.
Give me a break.
While there is clearly a bit of a language barrier happening here it can’t be denied that the game is blatantly homophobic. Players are literally taking down gay people because they are gay. How is that anything other than homophobic? This isn’t a grey-area. This isn’t a case of casual homophobia the likes of which we’ve seen plenty of the last few weeks. And even through the language barrier there is a sense of “Why don’t you get the joke?” that is insulting regardless of spoken tongue.
Maybe I’m missing something but I’ve never found anything ‘funny’ about priests beating gay people with chairs.
Now I’m not typically one for censorship of any sort, but this form of interactive anti-gay violence is simply unacceptable no matter which way you look at it. While real-life events like this are certainly not exempt from direct reference or parody, there’s a lot to be said about the taste level involved in this shoddily thrown together title that popped up mere days after the violent affair. There’s also a big difference between knowing how to take a joke and knowing when something is just plain wrong. A difference that the Taburetka developers have clearly missed.
While many have already notified Facebook of the game’s existence, I urge all of you to go to Taburetka’s official page and report it again. Considering how long it’s taken Facebook to begin actively policing images and memes celebrating rape, all the help we can get in making sure this title goes away the better. And until Facebook finds time to pull away from redesigning its UI again to actually deal with this matter, you can also sign this petition to have the game pulled: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/483/649/132/stop-facebook-promoting-hate-remove-anti-gay-facebook-game-call-of-taburetka/