Heard about Ghettopoly on the news the other day and almost pissed m’self. Of course, it’s causing all types of outrage. Having heard that, I opted to check it out, to see what the outcry was – after all, the only people that should be pissed off about it is the makers of Monopoly for copyright infringement.
More or less, it’s Monopoly, but it’s themed for the ghetto like most of the themed version of Monopoly are. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a few hundred version of Monopoly there: anything from the Simpsons to MLB to colleges to Star Wars characters. Ghettopoly follows suit and has things like Hustle and Ghetto Stash, in place of Chance and Community Chest. Instead of mortgage values, there’s pawn values. Some of the tokens are shaped like pot leaves, guns, and crack viles. It’s simply themed to be as ghetto as it can be.
So what’s the problem? The usual bullshit. Stereotypes, racism, Blah blah blah. What I find kinda funny is that everything that’s in the game can be found in today’s Rap or Hip Hop music – so where’s the outcry for that? Is it because someone black didn’t come up with it? Yeah, I guess so – the creator of the game is Asian, actually, so for a change “The Man” isn’t a part of the argument. Redneckopoly is coming soon, too – what are the odds that the south will be pissed off about it? None, probably… they’ll appreciate it just as much as non-rednecks would!
I would think that WOPoly would be a pisser – other people need to learn how to laugh at themselves or something… too many protests!