NJ: 'Wack the Iraq' Boardwalk Arcade Criticized



A live-target paintball game in which patrons take aim at
runners dressed as Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden has drawn fire from
critics who say the game is tasteless and can only encourage violence
against Arabs.

"We don't need any more games that would encourage people to hate Arabs or
kill them," said Aref Assaf, president of the New Jersey Chapter of
American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Assaf has called on local officials to shut the game down, which he
considers hate speech. He also wants Wildwood visitors to boycott it.

The game, known as "Wack the Iraq" _ not Iraqi _ has been on the board walk
in Wildwood for at least a year, but has only recently drawn complaints,
said Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr.

Troiano agrees the game is tasteless but said it was no more likely to
encourage violence than many popular video games. He also said the city was
powerless to shut the game down because of the operator's free speech
rights

 


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