Did outrage over a video game promoting sexist stereotypes about women prompt a reaction from the game's founders?
MissBimbo.com attracted a lot of media attention last week because it's super-preposterous. The game goes like this: a player creates a young female avatar and is given "bimbo dollars" to go shopping for clothes with, tans and take diet pills. The site tells a player how much the avatar weights and how hungry and thirsty she is. If the mainstream media is to be believed, the game is targeted to, or played by young girls. Not surprisingly, all types of people flipped out about it -- from feminists to parents -- when it was plastered all over the mainstream media and the blogosphere last week.
I thought MissBimbo.com was just a tongue-in-cheek site...but maybe I'm wrong?
On the MissBimbo.com site today:
Due to unforseen worldwide interest in Miss Bimbo we have had difficulty in maintaining our game in the manner players have become accustomed. We are sorry for this inconvenience and can assure you that our game will be up and running as soon as possible.
As a result of this rather surprising media attention we have decided to remove the option of purchasing diet pills from the game. We apologise to any players whom this may inconvenience but we feel in light of this weeks proceedings it is the correct action to take.
We would also like to sincerely apologise to our players for the media comparison of Miss Bimbo and Paris Hilton. We feel that this does a dis-service to the players whom send their bimbos to university, tea parties or chess tournaments.
At this time we would also like to remind players that the Miss Bimbo team assume no responsibility or liability for any fashion faux pas, hair style disasters or boob jobs incurred in real life as as a result of playing the Miss Bimbo game.
Okay, so they removed the diet pills...but they're still sounding fairly tongue-in-cheek.