So, apparently Jack Thompson is so much of a grandstanding douchebag that he has finally been disbarred. What that means is that he has been legally castrated. Unable to practice law, he may still be able to needlessly persecute the video game industry vocally, but he will never be able to prosecute. The perpetual dick suddenly has no dick at all.
Thompson started by impotently taking action against obscenity in media such as Howard Stern and 2 Live Crew, but right around the mid-nineties, he switched gears and began taking shots at video games. Here are some of his finer moments:
In 2004, Thompson sent his 10 year old son into Best Buy to purchase a copy of Grand Theft Auto III in order to gain leverage in a suit against them for selling age-inappropriate content. Seriously? So a grown man, supposedly one of upstanding moral standards, uses his own child as a pawn? This has the undeniable stink of desperation. At this point he should have been disbarred to save himself from further embarrassment, but no.
In 2006, he tried to stop the release of Bully, another Rockstar title by declaring it declared it a “public nuisance”. How does a video game translate into something like that? I am not really sure that there was any shred of sanity to that one, though maybe in Thompson’s neighborhood there are children playing video games outside. Gamers are pasty white for a good reason, Jack.
He once rejected as “completely unconstitutional” Hillary Clinton’s proposed legislation to ban sales to minors of games rated “M” for Mature by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. Self-contradict much? This is a letter everyone should have written him:
Dear Jack Thompson,
At least have the balls to stick to your guns (pun intended), even when someone of the opposite political persuasion happens to agree with you.
Apparently no one told him that violence in video games has not contributed to violence among teens. His whole thing was that people played games and then duplicated the actions in the games in their real lives. WRONG! In fact, it has had the opposite effect.
You have officially wasted enough of our time with your foolishness. Up yours Jack Thompson. Have fun being unemployed.