Some black leaders are protesting a new board game called Ghettopoly, a racially provocative imitation of Monopoly that is played played with fake Uzis, crack, and marijuana.
The Miami Herald says the game replaces the whimsical top hats and thimbles of the original with malt liquor, “Ghetto Stash” and “Hustle Cards.” The paper says that an explanation of the game, laden with stereotypes, reads: “Buying stolen properties, pimpin’ hoes, building crack houses and projects, paying protection fees and getting car jacked.” Bonus points are given to players who get their neighborhoods hooked on crack. Aim of the game is “To become the richest playa through stealing cheating and selling stolen properties.” The game’s creator, David Chang, says it is meant to be humorous. He has not responded to a cease-and-desist letter from Hasbro Inc., which owns the rights to Monopoly.
Adora Obi Nweze, president of the Florida NAACP, calls the game “horrendous,” and says it “does nothing more than give the impression that everyone in the ghetto is running around with a gun and malt liquor.”
Mark Morris, director of public relations for Hasbro, says company lawyers will “pursue this as hard as we can.” Chang’s Web site promises more games — Hoodopoly, Hiphopopoly, Thugopoly and Redneckopoly.