Portal 2 is Offensive?

A US TV news program has attacked Portal 2 for its “controversial” attack on orphans. WBTV has claimed that Portal 2‘s jokes are “making fun of adoption,” due to the characters of GLaDOS and Wheatley occasionally mocking the player character for being adopted.

Neil Stapel, who has a ten-year-old adopted daughter, said he was “shocked and surprised” by the game’s running joke. He calls it “the worst thing I could possibly have heard.”

The news station plays a clip of Portal 2, coincidentally using the scene where GLaDOS challenges Wheatley to explain what’s wrong with being adopted. Of course, they cut GLaDOS’ line from the clip, so the actual joke — that being adopted isn’t wrong and Wheatley’s insults are stupid — has been taken out of context and twisted to suit the idiocy of the news report.

Erik Wolpaw has even stated before that the joke is that adoption isn’t a bad thing. Of course, if these news reporters were actual news reporters, they’d know that.

Amusingly, nobody mentions the fact that Wheatley also calls the player character fat and unpopular; likely because Neil Stapel’s kid isn’t fat or unpopular, it’s not an issue. That’s the thing about most parents — they don’t really give a sh*t about anything or anyone, just themselves and the one insignificant, pint-sized littlemonster they squirted out of their genitals (or in this case, borrowed from someone else’s).


One thought on “Portal 2 is Offensive?

  1. I had to comment.

    I don’t get why they are sensitive to this fact. I have many friends who were foster kids their entire lives. They were not offended by the comment and said that the sensitivity this man shows is proof that he may be more concerned about the consequences he could pursue to create a law suit based on his own agenda.

    It is after all a game, and it is not the first time a game has been cruel towards a sensitive subject. Especially adoption.

    Games are designed to tell a story. Whether that story offends a certain group is irrelevant. If you choose to pursue gaming as a way to connect with your children. Expect a certain level of questionable material.

    Don’t attack the designers and story director’s for their questionable material. Because than you have to ask yourself if movies should be sensitive to topics. Oliver Twist is a perfect example of taking advantage of a sensitive topic. No one wants to confront the topics because their is always one person who tries to take offense. Time to grow up people. Life is full of sensitive subjects, either go out their and deal with it or wallow in the sensitivity that you yourself have engulfed yourself in.

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