The Deputy Mayor of the City of Monash, Australia, has accused the upcoming action game Whore of the Orient of attempting to “disgrace Chinese culture, history, and traditions.” DM Jieh-Yung Lo believes that the fact that the game is being partially funded by the Australian government threatens potential race relations enough to warrant an official compliant with the Australian Human Rights Commission.
According to Jieh-Young Lo:
It's the use of the word 'Orient,' more even than the word 'whore,' that is the issue," Lo explained. "The O-word is very similar to the N-word for African-American communities. It's a 19th-century racial-colonial conception, and it's especially painful for older people in the communities. That was a very bad time in China, and people don't want or need to have that dragged up.
In response, Screen New South Wales, the government body who funded the project, has stated that they do not dictate the creative tone or themes used by the artistic endeavourers they fund.
The game itself is set in 1936 in ''the most corrupt and decadent city on the planet, where anything can be had or done for the right price''.
While Jieh-Young Lo has called for a halt to the game’s development, he has also stated that the ideal solution would be a simple title change. You can read the full interview at The Age website.
Whore of the Orient is scheduled for release in 2015.