Rockstar: GTA 5 police are not racist
GTA V developer Rockstar has been forced to come out and defend Los Santos’s police force against claims of racial discrimination from gamers.
The world has been absorbed by the free-roaming game over the past week, which has broken sales records and been critically-acclaimed for its immersive gaming experience and realism.
Some players have been irked by what they see as racial profiling by the in-game police however, purportedly experienced when playing as the game’s only black protagonist, Franklin.
The Grand Theft Auto series is known for its satire and social commentary, but Rockstar insists the in-game police do not have a proclivity towards arresting black people.
The developer told Buzzfeed: ‘This is absolutely false, the in-game police don’t treat one lead character any differently from the others.’
More likely, players choosing to commit crimes in broad daylight with assorted weapons might be the reason for excessive police attention, something that can be remedied with this painfully obvious but useful GTA tip that surfaced earlier in the week.
Literally cops are after me left and right in GTA and I didn't even do anything wrong this is racial profiling and this is bullshit
— Callie ॐ (@itsobvicallie) September 25, 2013
My buddy just said she got 2 stars in GTA 5 for pullin up next 2 the police and honkin at them. She was playin as Franklin. They racist lmao
— jet_shhwag (@shhwagah) September 26, 2013
I took Chop for a walk yesterday. Threw a tennis ball for him to fetch. One star. WTF?!
— Rukari Austin (@rukizzel) September 18, 2013
I didn't mind being killed for no reason when I went to the impound but damn nigga this game really racist, can't play as Franklin smh....
— Tony™✈ (@_TonyTheRapper) September 26, 2013
Wow why can't Franklin play tennis like that's racist #GTAV
— Neo (@neozihan) September 24, 2013
Is it racist that I couldn't swim with franklin but as soon as I tried with micheal I got it first try? #gtav
— tarbsy (@m_tarbutt) September 24, 2013
I also noticed that Franklin gets 2 stars for the same shit that Trevor and Michael only get 1 star for.
— Trevor Chillips (@Joe_Schmuck) September 25, 2013
Franklin gets two stars on #GTAV just for being black.. That wasn't a racist joke. I'm pretty sure I'm being serious.
— drew (@AmdusiasStopher) September 24, 2013
— Taylor Godberson™ (@TGOD_OFFICIALL) September 23, 2013
Anytime I'm franklin, I get chased by cops for "a disturbance." this never happens with Michael or Trevor. The gta cops are racist
— Remy Buxaplenty (@RemingtonD5) September 23, 2013
GTA v is so racist lol when you beat up the black people in the hood it takes forever for the cops to show up
— Emmett Till (@Stamp_Denise) September 24, 2013
GTAV is hella racist, wtf is it so easy to get a wanted level with Franklin
— STZA (@LaVidaSteezy) September 22, 2013
GTA V is racist how come can't u play tennis with Franklin the only black character In the game
— 100% The Kind (@nitty2013) September 24, 2013
omg the struggle