Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GTA V: all countryfolk are meth cooking rednecks?

GTA V, as of yet the fastest selling video game of all time, was wildly popular when it was released in 2013. This year, however, it has been released for next-gen consoles. Now that the PS4 and the Xbox One have a version of it, with PC coming in January of 2015, even more people are going to be exposed to the game and the messages it sends.

In GTA V's release trailer for next-gen consoles, every time Trevor Philips, the only character who lives in "the country", he is behaving like a hillbilly. His first appearance in the trailer is him pushing his stockholm syndrome afflicted "partner" down to the ground. The other characters, who live in the city, are not shown committing any violent acts. This suggests that people who live in rural areas are rowdy. Trevor and his "partner" are also filthy, heavily tattooed, and/or have an excessive amount of piercings. This also suggests that rural people are uncivilized compared to city people, who are clean and professional in appearance. Trevor also has the stereotypical "daddy issues" of  "rednecks", having an abusive father, whom he uses as an excuse to be a dangerous and unruly person. GTA V's next-gen release trailer suggests that people from rural areas are uncivilized, dirty, and rowdy.

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