You had to assume the title would cause problems. Only, you might not have guessed that the word "whore" wasn't the crux of the complaint.
L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi is currently working on Whore of the Orient , an exotic, open-world action game that is set for next-generation consoles. However, City of Monash Deputy Mayor Jieh-Yung Lo has claimed that it's "an attempt to disgrace Chinese culture, history, and traditions," and he plans to issue a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission. Basically, he believes the game's title is an example of "racial vilification."
According to a report at The Age , Lo says the offensive title "does a disservice to cultural relations."
"It's the use of the word 'Orient', more even than the word 'whore', that is the issue. 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."
He added that "the most shocking revelation" was that Team Bondi had received A$200,000 in funding from Screen New South Wales. Lo believes that Australian institutions should be encouraged to fund projects that cultivate "mutual understanding and prosperity in the Australia-China relationship." However, responding to that sentiment, Screen NSW stated:
"Screen NSW does not proscribe subject matter to content creators, including titles, but makes its funding decisions based on the creative integrity of a project and the expertise of the funding applicants. 'Whore of the Orient' is an historical nickname for the city of Shanghai."
Well, that sounds logical. Lo has said the ideal solution would simply be a "change of title," but do you see that as necessary? Or is this just another example of overly politically sensitive hoopla? I have to admit, I had no idea the word "Orient" had such negative connotations for Asian individuals.
Related Game(s): Whore of the Orient