CNN RapeLay Controversy Sparks Angry Response

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CNN RapeLay Controversy Sparks Angry Response

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A Japanese manga artist has taken CNN to task for its recent coverage of the 2006 eroge RapeLay.

In an open letter to CNN, Takeshi Nogami lambasted the media network for its coverage of the issue. The response was due to a follow-up article that had been published to explain the cultural situation in Japan that allowed such a game to exist. RapeLay, a pornographic game allowing the protagonist to assault, rape, and even impregnate a mother and her two daughters awoke a great deal of outrage in the West. As Japan has no laws against such content, the furor over the game came solely from Western groups.

In his letter, Nogami accused CNN of attempting to stir up "fear, prejudice and misunderstanding." "As a Japanese citizen, I am deeply offended by the insulting implications of that so-called expert who associates Japanese people at large with heinous criminals," Nogami said.

Japan has far lower rates of violent crime and rape than the US, a fact Nogami capitalized on in his response."As this objection had to be put together promptly, precise data will be presented later, but it is a fact that in this 21st century, we Japanese enjoy one of the most safe and peaceful societies on Earth. Naturally, that is not to say that our society is without problems, but to be honest, I frankly do not think that you are the ones to tell us," Nogami said.

Nogami went on to state that while pornographic material can be damaging to children, games such as RapeLay were intended for adult audiences, and that the reason Western children were getting their hands on such games was due to piracy and ineffective game rating standards.

"Would it be too much to ask that appropriate age restrictions are put in place in stores in your country so that the rational adults can buy legitimate copies?" Nogami said.

Harsh words indeed. CNN has not issued any response to the letter, but it looks like this controversy might be sticking around for a bit longer.

Source: 1UP

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All I can say is well played Mr. Nogami.

They. Got. Served.

Now, that's a defense. Bringing hard crime rate facts into the mix.

CNN isn't going to respond to this. First rule of media, if you get torn apart by someone and have no defense, ignore it. Your viewers won't know, they go to you for news.

Good on him. CNN need a good bashing for necroing this dead horse.

Aren't you a bit late to the game CNN?

Personally, I'm on Nogami's side. As distasteful as a lot of people may find such games, they are only games, and games intended for rational, responsible adults at that. I'm a staunch opponent of censorship, so I say if said rational, responsible adults want to buy such games, they should be allowed to do so.

Well played, Mr Nogami.

He's a fucking genius.

Whilst I find these sorts of games ver distasteful, the hysteria over it is a bit rich coming from a country like the US, where a child can blow an adults head off with a legal gun.

Hopefully the world doesn't start getting censorship ideas now...

Woah, CNN getting owned again??!?! What is this madness!

TAKE THAT CNN!! BOOSH!!! *Cough* *ahem* If it's legal in the east, it may not be legal in the West.

Let Japan be Japan. We don't need any false outrage or people taking a broken foundation of an imaginary high ground. Yes there are taboos on sex and violence but we have them anyway in both extremes because we as humans used to take upon such acts and unfortunately still do and we see that when it comes from criminals, people who have chosen to break the law and taboos.

But to ignore a culture and part of the culture which involves part of the human condition for better or worse should not be shunned no matter how our society or our morality changes.

I can't agree with Nogami more.

Nogami 100 - CNN 0

Gotta blog about this later. The more visibility this gets, the better, since CNN will never have the guts to publicly respond (and apologize, like they should).

Skullkid4187:
TAKE THAT CNN!! BOOSH!!! *Cough* *ahem* If it's legal in the east, it may not be legal in the West.

I'm declaring this a boosh free zone!

Take that to the face CNN!

SomeGuyNamedKy:
All I can say is well played Mr. Nogami.

The guy sure knows what he's talking about. But I think CNN is just going to ignore him, unfortunately.

laryri:
CNN isn't going to respond to this. First rule of media, if you get torn apart by someone and have no defense, ignore it. Your viewers won't know, they go to you for news.

Or they're going to bring up "statistics" and "experts" that prove him wrong. They've done that before; it's pretty much the only reason anyone took Jack Thompson seriously.

'pologies.

nice play Mr. Nogami.

Mr. Nogami leveled up! Mr Nogami is smarter than your average bear.

Hes got a problem with his argument.

There are far fewer instances of rape in japan because the laws regarding rape are different. To simplify, no damage, no rape.

So as long as the rapist uses lube, no crime.

Holy fuck... Jesus, Mr. Nogami sure showed up CNN with that.
Damn...

Good move. Indeed Good move

laryri:
CNN isn't going to respond to this. First rule of media, if you get torn apart by someone and have no defense, ignore it. Your viewers won't know, they go to you for news.

I wholly agree with your response. US news is largely based on sensationalism and ratings. Anything using hard facts and rational/logical thinking is pretty much ignored.

Personally, I'd like to see everyone at CNN responsible in this submit a written and public apology. Unfortunately, that might be a little too much to hope for...

SomeGuyNamedKy:
All I can say is well played Mr. Nogami.

same, glad he took the time to write it and send it out.

Kiefer13:
Aren't you a bit late to the game CNN?

Personally, I'm on Nogami's side. As distasteful as a lot of people may find such games, they are only games, and games intended for rational, responsible adults at that. I'm a staunch opponent of censorship, so I say if said rational, responsible adults want to buy such games, they should be allowed to do so.

Well played, Mr Nogami.

I wholeheartedly agree with this post.

RIGHT ON!

Takeshi Nogami, you're my personal hero this week.

Austin MacKenzie:
Nogami went on to state that while pornographic material can be damaging to children, games such as RapeLay were intended for adult audiences, and that the reason Western children were getting their hands on such games was due to piracy and ineffective game rating standards.

"Would it be too much to ask that appropriate age restrictions are put in place in stores in your country so that the rational adults can buy legitimate copies?" Nogami said.

We have a word for what just happened to CNN, and that word is BURNED!

I freaking love Nogami. That man is a genius!

Nogami is indeed the man. I completely agree with his post and hope CNN attempts to try and argue with him. I doubt they'll succeed.

I think I'll go watch Strike Witches now to support Nogami's work.

Mackheath:
Whilst I find these sorts of games ver distasteful, the hysteria over it is a bit rich coming from a country like the US, where a child can blow an adults head off with a legal gun.

I can assure you that blowing people's heads off is illegal. Also, it has little to do with rape.

OT: It's nice to see a media company get called on their sensationalism, but I doubt it will get much mainstream attention.

Nicely done there.

Hopeless Bastard:
Hes got a problem with his argument.

There are far fewer instances of rape in japan because the laws regarding rape are different. To simplify, no damage, no rape.

So as long as the rapist uses lube, no crime.

I'm not a criminologist, but sadly I wouldn't be surprised if that only eliminated a minority of rapes from consideration. Especially the kind of rapes that are (apparently) depicted in the game.

I'm glad someone called out the overblown sensationalism in western news reporting, who's first goal is to gain ratings first, entertain second, and inform a distant third. From local news to national, on all channels.

It's amazing what you can get used to in the news when you have nothing but different piles of shit to choose from.

Aidinthel:

Mackheath:
Whilst I find these sorts of games ver distasteful, the hysteria over it is a bit rich coming from a country like the US, where a child can blow an adults head off with a legal gun.

I can assure you that blowing people's heads off is illegal. Also, it has little to do with rape.

I think he's referring to our barbaric act of buying a pistol.

SomeGuyNamedKy:
All I can say is well played Mr. Nogami.

Indeed! Now thats epic! CNN been taken to town, gotta love it when a media netwoks gets PWned!

The_Logician19:

Or they're going to bring up "statistics" and "experts" that prove him wrong. They've done that before; it's pretty much the only reason anyone took Jack Thompson seriously.

They really cannot. The statistics for sexual crimes in Japan are actually pretty public (i covered this topic before, so I did some research).

here are a couple interesting links:
http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/~ad361896/anne/cease/rapestatisticspage.html
http://www.hawaii.edu/PCSS/online_artcls/pornography/prngrphy_rape_jp.html

I do find it strange that CNN took so long to cover a game like this. It's been almost 4 years since the game was released. I guess RapeLay has been rather obscure in Western culture up until now.

Sick and tired of hearing people think its their god given right to NOT be offended! Everything is so fucking PR now it makes me sick! >.<

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