WTF Are You Doing?: PETA Goes On Pokemon Offensive

October 9, 2012


Because PETA has zero clue how to be a driving force in the fight for animal rights, the organization has launched a campaign against Pokemon. SPOILER: It will not be super effective.

In response to Sunday's United States debut of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, PETA has released a parody game called "Pokémon Black and Blue" with the tagline "Gotta free 'em all."

The game has users play as an escaped Pokémon, Pikachu, who fights trainers so that other Pokémon can also escape the abuse of being forced to fight.

"Much like animals in the real world, Pokémon are treated as unfeeling objects and used for such things as human entertainment and as subjects in experiments," PETA wrote in a statement.

Listen: I'm all for animal rights but this IS NOT HOW YOU GO ABOUT GETTING THEM. You're just pissing money away -- get your act together, PETA. Please note: My offer to pose nude in one of your, "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" ads still stands, but only if you bodypaint my peen to look like a fox.

Thanks to chichi, Shane, Bibbity Bobbity Bacon and louise, who agree making a parody video game is rarely the path to animal rights.

  • Roast Guider

    I'm actually starting to like PETA.

    Remember how awful Charlie Sheen was on Two and a Half Men. Later he went of the deep end and actually became wildly entertaining, his interview with Diane Sawyer was easily his best work since Hot Shots.

    This is the same thing, PETA projects like this are so over the top as to be indistinguishable from South Park making fun of them.

    Usually art is created, sometimes it just happens, and you should drink it in. A group of well meaning people culture-hacking a childrens video game into an ineffective tool to fight a completely imaginary problem is some amazing absurdist drama right there. It's beautiful.

  • Angelcynn

    Animal abuse is an issue. Pokemon cruelty, not an issue in the slightest.

  • Stephen Rein

    PETA kills thousands of animals, stop liking them or you are liking animal murder

  • grimbldoo

    This game was pretty damn funny.

  • Kyle Chapman

    Seeing as we on the other side joke about this anyway I don't really see it doing anything.
    PETA's name doesn't hold that much weight any more.
    Besides, black and white deals with this issue, I bet they didn't even play the games. What am I saying? Of course they didn't.

  • Angelcynn

    I am not a huge Pokemon fan, but I am interested in how they deal with the concept of if Pokemon are a friend or a tool.

  • Robin Manford

    The message behind this game confuses me. I only played the first bit, but it seemed that the only fight moves that did anything (helped you win) were the ones employing violence. As well as wasting vast amounts of donor money on something silly, are they saying that the only way to combat animal cruelty is to beat people up? That's what makes the A.L.F. a disgusting, hypocritical organisation, and hardly seems a sensible line for PETA to take.

  • Angelcynn

    PETA is very militant. It is only natural the message follows suit. If you want to help animals and not be a PETA Douche. Donate to farms(Agriculture), local trusted shelters(rescue), and ASPCA(Bigger arms). The first one is the most useful in my honest opinion.

  • bleh

    This article pretty much covers it.

  • Ryan Ong

    Yes, because this is a more effective use of donated dollars than rescuing ACTUAL animals, or keeping animals in pet shelters alive.

  • Angelcynn

    This is why I either donate money to local farms, local shelters I know have an animals interest in mind, or to the ASPCA. Though, the latter I do only rarely because I can't personally see the fruits of my donation.

    PETA is to radical and irrational for me to spend my time helping.

  • Matty Spinny

    awesome is that a new iphone game? id love to prod pikachu.

  • GreyGanado

    But Pokemon are genetically more closely related to humans than animals.

  • Honestly this would be kind of an interesting game if it was changed a little bit and didn't have to do with PeTA and it's batshittery. You could play as a pokemon escaping from an abusive compound owned by team rocket/aqua/magma/whatever and you would help other pokemon escape while sneaking around or attacking the abusive trainers.

  • Angelcynn

    Now, see, this would have been an amazing concept. It would still ring true of anti-animal-cruelty. While not being completely insane. Showing the two sides of the issue. How to resolve the issue with animal -- human relations.

  • Joey Svitek

    Fucking morons.

  • I expect this won't be.....super effecti-DAMMIT GW, YOU BEAT ME TO IT.

  • Jonathan Yergo

    I hope PITA get the shit sued out of them! BTW, I love eating meat of all sorts, especially the kind that involves animal abuse. Beat meat is the most tender!

  • Brinut

    I remember in an article I read, in the "Pokemon Universe", people eat pokemon.

    And there's the article

    PETA didn't say anything about that. I'd like a pika-pocket please...^^

  • Abby Muffinz Evans

    I eat meat in rebellion of PETA's stupidity. That and because bacon is delicious.

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