Last week many in the gay gaming world were shocked to find that a Facebook game recreating the horrifying events in Tblisi, Georgia had been created. The game, titled Call of Taburetka, featured an Orthodox Georgian priest taking on hoards of LGBT rights activists. Many noted that the gameplay itself was barely functional, with most attempting to play it not lasting very long before their priest blew up in a cloud of fart smoke.
Many news outlets, including us here at GayGamer.net, criticized the game for its rather trivializing portrayal of the very serious events that took place in Tblisi. The games’ creators noted on the game’s Facebook page that they did not intend for the game to be homophobic, but rather a parody. Some supporters of the game even went so far as to call the game anti-homophobic. But intentions and results are two different things, and the result of Call of Taburetka was the negative attention of many who saw fit to flag the game for review and removal by Facebook, and even begin online petitions.
Today I received the following word from Facebook on the matter:
“We take action against apps that violate our platform policies as laid out here: https://developers.facebook.com/policy/, in order to maintain a trustworthy experience for users.”
And upon visiting the game’s page I was met with the following:
Sure enough while Call of Taburetka‘s official fan page is still in existence, and now features the rather distressing cover image of a man’s forearm with the game’s title scrawled across it, the game itself is no longer available. The fan page consists primarily of posts criticizing the game, and carries less than a hundred likes, though the page for the game itself featured thousands of likes and players.
Many, myself included, worried that the big blue book would be too busy with other matters to take any action against Teburetka. Some users even noted that upon flagging the game, they received rather worrying messages stating that it did not warrant removal.
Thankfully the numerous articles calling out the game as homophobic found their way in front of the right set of eyes.
I’d like to thank Facebook for taking such quick action on this issue.
Chalk one up for the power of speaking out.