The Haitian Controversy

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In the spring of 2012 a book called "Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto" (by David Kushner) was released. It details the history of Rockstar Games from its beginnings to the present (as of publishing). Part of the book chronicles the controversy concerning the Haitians, the basics of which are as follows:

One of the New York television stations had a feature called "Shame on You" which exposed shady goings on within the city and nearby areas. In November of 2003 newscaster Arnold Diaz, who runs the feature, ran a piece on Vice City.

He focused on how you are supposed to kill the Haitians within the game. Arnold considered it racist and was very upset with it. This was why he featured it on "Shame on You".

It didn't take long for the Haitian community to respond. The Haitian Centers Council put out a press release protesting the game's content. Haitian-Americans protested outside New York's City Hall. Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went talking to the U.S. authorities about the racism within the game.

The protests became so loud that Rockstar Games was forced into making an apology and then into making changes within new prints of the game to rectify the situation. This controversy is why there is a Version 3 of Vice City, dubbed "Haitian-Friendly".

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Original/Double Pack Version Changes by rarusk