Republican Super PAC encourages people to slap Hillary Clinton with crude online game
A Republican Super PAC that claims to be the “only thing standing between Hillary and the White House” is urging people to visit their website so they can smack the potential 2016 presidential candidate around.
The Hillary Project released a webpage Monday which allowed visitors to play three games involving Hillary Clinton. One game allowed visitors to slap Clinton across the face. The crude Flash-based game also gave visitors the ability to play recorded audio clips of Clinton speaking while they slapped her, apparently to make the experience seem more real.
According to BuzzFeed, the Hillary Project “began spamming reporters” about the existence of the game on Monday by asking if they had, “slapped Hillary today?”
“It’s obvious that this ‘game’ is offensive and sexist. And one would hope that any person who thinks it’s a great idea to advocate slapping women–of ANY party–wouldn’t have a job anywhere near politics,” the group UltraViolet said in an email to their members. “But unfortunately, that’s not the case. And that’s why we need to speak up. With all the rumors that Hillary Clinton will run for president, we can expect a lot more of this sort of misogyny in the political realm between now and the election–unless we nip it in the bud NOW.”
“Violence against women is not a joke. A woman is assaulted or beaten every 9 SECONDS in our country–and more than three women are murdered every day by their partners or boyfriends. When we excuse ‘games’ that make fun of abusing women, we perpetuate a culture that allows violence against women to stand, and that’s not OK,” the group said.
The game was originally created by Marie Poe and published at the now-defunct website SlapHillary.com in 2000. Her husband, Richard Poe, attempted to explain the game by comparing Clinton’s campaign for the U.S. Senate to the Soviet Union.
“With each slap, we sense that we are drawing nearer to a Siberian prison cell. But our anxiety only makes the slap more thrilling,” he wrote on his blog, claiming journalists were conspiring to help Clinton win the New York Senate seat. “This sort of manipulation has left many Americans feeling like Soviet citizens back in the days of Pravda and Izvestia. Buffeted by propaganda, we feel helpless and alone. We watch our friends and neighbors with guarded eyes, wondering which of them might share our opinion of Hillary. But we are afraid to ask.”
Watch a demonstration of the game below: