There’s a video game about slapping your girlfriend, and you’re funding it

There’s a video game about slapping your girlfriend, and you’re funding it

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which is a tax-funded agency of the federal government, “cannot say” whether it will rescind a grant that was awarded in 2013—but has not yet been paid out—that would promote a “marginalized” videogame designer’s game about “consensually slapping her girlfriend in the face.”

In its 2013 Spring Grant Announcement, published on April 23, 2013, the National Endowment for the Arts said it was awarding $24,000 to the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

The announcement said this grant was: “To support the production and exhibition of video games created by the Different Games Fellows. The four fellows are artists/game-designers who will be selected from a group of women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ community members groups who find themselves marginalized both as designers and characters in video games.” …

One of these fellows, according to the same webpage, was Anna Anthropy, who “is a game creator, writer, artist, teacher, historian and gay witch. She makes games about polyamory, kink, Dan Savage, space adventures, and is currently using government money to make a game about consensually slapping her girlfriend in the face.”

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