Grand Theft Auto V was pulled from Australia's largest department-store chain after feminist complaints about scenes of violence against women. Another major store, Kmart, later followed suit.
Target is Australia's largest department-store chain by outlets. Grand Theft was the second-highest selling video game in the previous week.
Jim Cooper, general manager of corporate affairs at Target said in a statement:
We have listened to the strong feedback. This is not a product they want us to sell.
A petition on website change.org had attracted more than 40,000 supporters, saying the product makes a game of bashing, killing and horrific violence against women.
Update: Petition targets the selling of sickening religious books
7th December 2014. See article
Close to 13,000 people have signed a petition in Australia calling for Target to ban the Bible from its stores.
The protest comes from gaming enthusiasts after Grand Theft Auto V was banned from Target and Kmart this week due to its violent content.The petition, which is posted in change.org, points out that the sickening religious book encourages readers
to commit sexual violence and kill women .
News.com.au reports the disgruntled gamers are also calling for Target to change its violent name and aggressive logo , a petition to ban all knife sales and a demand for a ban on Fifty Shades of Gray.
Update: However to be fair, Target did themselves no favours with this advert
7th December See article
I mean seriously, what is wrong with this picture? What were they thinking? This is an advertisement and it is essentially informing consumers that Grand Theft Auto V is a toy for children on the same level as Peppa Pig.