These guys are serious, me, not so much.
It has come to my attention that some people have objected to the use of the term ‘Gay-bashing’ in the advertising for Call of Chavthulu for Chav: The Knifing. Now, I’m no stranger to controversy and misunderstanding, the book The Slayer’s Guide to Female Gamerswas questioned amongst US distributors who, apparently, were under the misapprehension that it was a guide on how to kill women. Some of the other comedy work I’ve done has been derided or criticised by the overly PC suffering from ‘White Knight Syndrome’ and Hentacle has even been accused of being ‘fetishised child rape’ – which as hyperbolic criticism and over-sensitivity to what’s plainly and obviously comedy has to take the biscuit.Here’s what the advertising/descriptive copy said:
A by-the-numbers expansion for Chav: The Knifing with new Credoz, new Talentz, new Life Templates, new game systems new fluff and advice and new things to beat up because they:
“Looked at me funny.”
All the kind of stuff that could have been put into the main book but wasn’t because either we need more money or because it was too ‘weak-sauce’ to really engage anyone’s interest. This supplement mill lark is a laugh, innit?
All the gay-bashing, cider-drinking, goth-stomping fun you can handle.
Now, this is fairly, obviously, a piss-take, or so one would think. It’s taking the piss out of the RPG supplement mill, it’s taking the piss out of template approach TO the RPG supplement mill and it’s taking the piss out of Chavs. It is obviously satirical and not, actually, a game about beating up homosexuals but about making fun of the very sort of people that do abuse homosexuals. It’s not RaHoWa, it’s not FATAL, if you can compare it to anything it would be Freak Legion where you’re playing retarded, disgusting villains for the thrill and humour in making fun of that very sort of person, or for creating villains for your Bloodsucker: The Angst games.
Writing about Chavs and missing out their paranoia about ‘batty boys’, ‘shirtlifters’, ‘chutney ferrets’ and ‘uphill gardeners’ (don’t taboos throw up a lot of euphemisms?) would be like leaving the dragons out of Dungeons & Dragons.
Even if this explanation doesn’t placate you, keep in mind that you do not have a right to not be offended. At time of posting this explanation, that was still a point being made in the light of the ‘Everybody Draw Mohammed Day’ fallout. Freedom of expression is more important than your personal offence, especially if you’re taking offence at something that is, after all, on your side! This isn’t hate speech, it is making jokes at the expense of homophobes and when you laugh at something, when you ridicule something, you disempower it.