Black clergy in Philadelphia, upset over a new board game called Ghettopoly, had threatened retailer Urban Outfitters with a boycott if it continued to carry the game. And as of Thursday evening, Urban Outfitter is no longer selling the game.
According the AP, game creator, David Chang, says "It draws on stereotypes not as a means to degrade, but as a medium to bring together in laughter. If we can't laugh at ourselves ... we'll continue to live in blame and bitterness." Hmm. The description of the game on the Ghettopoly website reads:
Buying stolen properties, pimpin hoes, building crack houses and projects, paying protection fees and getting car jacked are some of the elements of the game. Not dope enough?...If you don't have the money that you own to the loan shark you might just land yourself in da Emergency Room.
Hey, isn't "hoes" supposed to be "hos"? Or "ho's"? The game includes:
Game Board, Loan Shark Tray, 40 Crack Houses, 17 Projects, Pink Slip Cards, Ghetto Stash and Hustle Cards, 7 Game pieces (Pimp, Hoe, 40 oz, Machine Gun, Marijuana Leaf, Basket Ball and Crack), Counterfeit Money, and 2 Dice (non metallic ).
And lest people think that Chang is only developing a game-based game, there will be Hoodopoly, Thugopoly, Hiphopoly, and Redneckopoly. Dude. catbirdseat need to get a game manufacturer behind Hipster Bingo. Or make Hipsteropoly.