Sunday 18 February 2018

Forget GTA – let's ban Game of Thrones

A watchdog group in the UK wants TV show Game of Thrones banned
A watchdog group in the UK wants TV show Game of Thrones banned
John Joe Nevin
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Like many people, I love Game Of Thrones. Well, to be more precise, I love the idea of Game Of Thrones and how it looks like some weird experiment where Tolkien meets Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. And you have to admire the dedication of the fans, who have taken obsession to a whole new level.

Well, you could admire them. But maybe you should be afraid of them. Because as those fans of the George R R Martin epic who stayed up late the other night to watch the first episode of season four may not know, they are in danger of becoming desensitised monsters. That's the considered view of Safermedia, a British watchdog that likes to pop up from time to time and complain that nobody is thinking about the children. And, at the risk of sounding intolerant of religious viewpoints, the fact that one of Safermedia's founders, Pippa Smith, is a member of an Evangelical Christian church indicates that she is probably not part of the target market.

According to them: "What are young girls learning from these story lines? That what most men want is their body and handing it over is seen as one of the easiest ways to get their attention. This does a great disservice to both men and women."

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