PETA is attacking Pokemon for promoting animal abuse to children. Say what!?
This has got to be the most ridiculous and stupidest thing I have came across in a very, very long time...
I saw this news before I went to work, and I could not wait to get off work so I could look further into the issue. I went on the PETA site, and they have a Pokemon parody game you can play. In the game, you play as abused Pokemon, trying to free themselves from sick-minded people.
Just for the fun and to satisfy my curiosity, I tried the game.
Basically, I am playing as the Pokemon, fighting against people.
I must say that this game sickens me. First of all, they make the people in the game all look like blood-thirsty, psycho murderers. They have blood all over their clothes, and all hold weapons. The Pokemon in the game are in disgusting condition - blood, syringes stuck to their heads, missing parts of ears, etc.
When was Pokemon ever like this? I don't remember any scenes in the episodes or the games that portray people to be sick-minded freaks who find pleasure in torturing Pokemon. And when the occasional bad guy comes along in the story that decides to use Pokemon for his/her own gain, they usually end up getting taught a lesson.
I took some screenshots while playing the game...
Okay.. what? I didn't catch it in the screenshot, but that Cheren person takes out a pair of scissors and attacks Pikachu by snipping his tail?
If anything, this one action is more abusive to Pokemon than any other Pokemon anime, manga or game has ever been, combined.
I remember, many times, in the Pokemon TV series, trainers let out their Pokemon so they can enjoy food or whatever with them. And the trainers cannot force Pokemon to stay in their Poke-balls. There was this one episode where Ash was freezing in a cave, and all his Pokemon popped out of their Poke-balls so they can all huddle together to stay warm. There are also other instances where Pokemon just decided to pop out of their Poke-balls.
Also, the parody keeps saying that Pokemon exist for their own reasons, and that is apparently the super duper mind-blowing line that suddenly changes all the bad people's minds.
Ash not caring about his Pokemon? "Have I ever shown an inkling of concern about you one way or the other?" this fake Ash says...
Hmm. How about the very first freakin episode?
And anyone who saw the first Pokemon movie can probably agree with me that Ash treasures Pikachu more than himself. He protected Pikachu when Mew-Two attacked, and turned to stone. I think this shows how loving trainer protects Pokemon rather than abuses Pokemon.
Aside from Pikachu... What about when Ash let his Butterfree go because that was what was best for Butterfree? Actually, Ash let a lot of his other Pokemon go when he felt that leaving him would be better for them. So what is this bs about Ash not giving "an inkling of concern"?
PETA's parody also portrayed Ash as a heartless being who sees Pokemon only as a means for money-making. Again, INACCURATE! What's more crazy is that after you defeat the fake Ash, one of the "alternatives" to money-making suggested was to use people instead of Pokemon. How is that better? I don't think teaching kids to use people for money cancels out teaching them using animals for money. Not to mention that Ash never thought about using Pokemon for money...
"There's no place in this world for the mistreatment and exploitation of Pokemon!"
Silly PETA, that is just about the entire theme in Pokemon.
What this parody game says about PETA is that they are attention-whores. They obviously have not seen or played enough Pokemon to understand the theme or messages behind the story. They are over-thinking, and arguing against something with imagination.
I, personally, am a Pokemon fan, and have been ever since 14 years ago. I am also an extreme animal lover - I cannot stand the though of animals being mistreated and I tear up just hearing sad stories about animals. If what PETA is trying to claim is right and Pokemon does promote animal abuse, then Pokemon is failing pretty hard at promoting it, but Pokemon was never promoting such a thing.