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PETA face backlash over bizarre game comparing Pokémon to animal abuse

Published: 27/Feb/2019 21:13 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 21:27

by Virginia Glaze

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Animal rights org PETA is facing massive backlash, after promoting their own version of Pokémon just after the announcement of ‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’ on February 27.

The company tweeted out a promo of their Flash game ‘Pokémon Black and Blue’ in wake of February’s Nintendo Direct, which was created as a parody of ‘Pokémon Black and White’ in 2012.

With the slogan, ‘Gotta Free ‘Em All!’ it comes as no surprise that PETA’s game centers around the unethical treatment of Pokémon, and tasks players with freeing the pocket monsters from their abusive trainers.

PETAPETA’s grotesque version of Pokemon is garnering ample backlash for comparing battling to animal abuse.

PETA’s artwork for the game is nothing short of disturbing, showing bloodied and battered humans that the Pokémon must battle in order to free their friends.

The org has since received ample criticism for the game, with angry users sounding off across Twitter in response to their latest campaign.

“If it’s true to PETA’s values, then it’s the only game where you can euthanize Pokémon,” one user wrote, referencing claims that PETA actually euthanizes animals in its care. “Interesting.”

“They’re not even real – I’m not sure if y’all missed that,” another replied. “Like … you guys killed actual animals and this is a video game.”

PETA even included a sarcastic review of the title from popular YouTuber Chilled Chaos on their website, who mocked the organization – and even noted that they could be sued, should the game fail to fall under the guard of parody and satire.

This isn’t the first time the org has gone under fire; PETA likewise saw mass criticism after denouncing the death of famed ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin, catching flak from major YouTubers and celebs across Twitter.

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Jake Paul and Ben Askren exchange heated texts ahead of fight

Published: 25/Feb/2021 4:08 Updated: 25/Feb/2021 4:29

by Andrew Amos

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YouTuber Jake Paul and former UFC star Ben Askren are set to take to the boxing ring on April 17, but they’re already in a war of words ahead of the bout.

It’s no Conor McGregor, but Jake Paul is going big for his next boxing bout.

After taking down Nate Robinson with relative ease, the YouTube star turned hopeful boxer will take to the ring against Ben Askren on April 17.

However, in the lead up to the fight, the two have already thrown punches over text.

Ben Askren leaked DMs between the two on February 24, claiming “this next generation has some really bad role models.”

 

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“Hey Jake seriously were you even trying against Ben [Darmstadt]? That was pathetic. Hope you try a little bit harder in our fight,” the former UFC fighter opened with in the exchange.

“Hiya bubba! So good to hear from you! I know Masvidal gave you brain damage so I’m guessing you meant to ask if I was even trying against Nate,” Paul replied.

“We’re going to get you through this fight nice and fast so you can retire after.”

Askren clarified that he was talking about Ben Darmstadt, before Jake Paul went on a tangent, asking his opponents if he’s ever taken drugs, saying he needs “help taking his edge off.”

 

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While Askren ignored most of Paul’s questions, he had the final jab ahead of the bout.

“You gave up here like you’re going to give up in our fight. You don’t have the heart. Please don’t back out of our fight.”

Jake Paul vs Ben Askren is locked in for April 17, and is set to be one of the biggest PPV fights in history.