GTA V Fans Demand Game Reviewer be Fired After Less than Perfect Score

Grand Theft Auto V Fans Demand Game Reviewer be Fired After Less than Perfect Score
A transgender game reviewer has come under attack after she gave the new Grand Theft Auto V game a less than perfect score. When the YouTube Gamespot reviewer, Carolyn Petit, gave the video game a 90 instead of 100, or a 9 out of 10, fans of the game demanded that she be fired.

While the score irritated a lot of the franchise’s fans, it was the reviewer’s personal opinion that really enraged a lot of gamers. Petit said that after playing the game she felt that it was ‚Äúpolitically muddled;” some of the characters were not well developed; and that the game was misogynistic in its dealing with females in the verse.

Incredibly, fans of the game felt that Petit had gone too far with her breakdown. A petition was started online to get the reviewer fired from the Gamespot website. But Carolyn was not alone in her belief that the game was not perfect. Greg Tito from The Escapist, also gave the game a less than perfect score. A lot less, 3.5 out of 10.

Both reviewers have gotten threats and wholesale hate from the gaming community.

The big difference between the two reviewers was that Petit actually liked the game overall. She loved the gameplay, just not the way that Grand Theft Auto V treated female characters. Which, to be honest, is how that particular game verse has always treated women; misogynistically. No real surprise there. In a game where you can “buy” a hooker, force her to have sex with you and then have the option to rob and murder the same individual speaks volumes about how the game treats women.

Tito, a 35 year-old male gamer and reviewer for The Escapist, felt this game lacked the “moralistic” ground that other games in the franchise had. Characters in previous games had reasons for the violence and the killing. In the latest game, death is handed out indiscriminately and for no discernable reason. Hence the low 3.5 score.

But the issue here is not the gameplay. Nor is it about the less than perfect scores, although Petit still gave the game an almost perfect score for gameplay alone. The issue is that certain members of the gaming community are ganging up on the transgender reviewer. Not only demanding that she be fired, but becoming very nasty about the very fact of her being transgendered. It seems that Grand Theft Auto V gamers may just be identifying too much with the game’s characters.

It appears the the petition has been taken down. But the tide of hate against both reviewers continues. Youtube, where both of the reviews can be seen, has been flooded with negative, nasty and trollish comments on the channels where the reviews are posted.

Petit has been singled out specifically because of her transgender status. Tito has received his fair share of hatred for his honest review. He points out in his review that the protagonists in this Rockstar game are no longer anti-heros. They aren’t much of anything at all and the reviewer did not enjoy the game. His low score of 3.5 should have earned him as much vitriol as Petit’s 9 out of 10.

But the gaming community have zeroed in on Carolyn Petit. Why? Well the reviewer committed three sins. She dared to make her feelings about the misogynistic nature of GTA V known and then gave a less than perfect score to the newest in the Grand Theft Auto franchise. But worse than either of those two actions, is the fact that she is a girl. Even worse, she used to “be” a guy.

It does seem to boil down to that issue. Female reviewers on YouTube are trolled on a regular basis by a certain portion of the gaming community. Whether they have valid points in their reviews or not, they will be targeted for attack by a certain faction of male gamers.

Greg Tito gave the game a much lower score and he has faced nowhere near as much hate, nor has he been maliciously targeted to the extent that Carolyn has by the gaming community. Petit on the other hand has been vilified and fans of the game want her fired.

It is obvious to anyone who has played Grand Theft Auto that misogyny is an intricate part of that verse. Petit pointing it out and letting it affect the game’s overall score marginally should not bring about Carolyn’s getting fired from Gamespot as a reviewer. With fan reactions this extreme, is it any wonder that the gaming community have such a bad reputation.

It is glaringly obvious that the hate being spewed at Carolyn Petit has nothing to do with her Grand Theft Auto review and everything to do with being transgendered. A portion of the gaming community demanding that she be fired because of a less than perfect score, is ridiculous. It is not the game that is the issue here, but the reviewer being a transgender individual. And that is disgusting.

By Michael Smith
United Kingdom


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21 Responses to "GTA V Fans Demand Game Reviewer be Fired After Less than Perfect Score"

  1. Brian   November 7, 2014 at 5:26 am

    The fact that the reviewer is female – and transgender – seems to be the problem here. Violence is transferred to men in early childhood, and any attempt to quell this attribute in men elicits a negative response. But you can’t shoot the messenger because you don’t like the message. It’s the perception that violence against women is acceptable that the video game advances.

    • Onsube   January 9, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      I don’t get why people attacking the reviewer for being transsexual. What difference does it make if the dude wants to pretend to be a girl? Why do people get so worked up over that?

  2. Dan   November 5, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Not to nitpick, but Greg Tito actually gave the score a 3.5 out of 5; an equivalent 7 out of 10. So yes, much lower still, and the point remains, but just for accuracy’s sake.

    But otherwise, this sort of misogyny by a bunch of spoiled young “men” is nothing new – to gamer culture or society at large. I’m disappointed but not at all surprised by the reaction to her review, or a lot of the comments supporting those mouth-breathing, emotionally stunted piles of human excrement who partook in it.

  3. anon   November 5, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Rockstar could instantly answer this by having the option of starting as women…all the characters in-game would then simply switch gender models/voices……

    • nakatatkb   November 5, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      You can play as a woman in the online multiplayer mode

  4. Bob   December 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Don’t people have anything better to do than starting petitions because of a review for a video game?

  5. Gore Lando   October 1, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Is it a man-hating game because you spend the whole game murdering men? A lot more men than women?

  6. Ethan Holmes (@IntellectualMot)   September 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    This article is a little biased, he gave the game a 3.5 out of 5 STARS. Whereas she gave the a 9/10. I honestly don’t think the scores are the huge issues as much as the reasoning’s for the scores. Regardless, I personally feel like both reviews were out to seek attention and publicity. With Carolyn it felt like she was angry that the game had three male protagonist and not even a single female one, and the other guy just seemed like he was trying to hard to find something not to like about the game. I might be wrong of course, but this is my opinion on it.

  7. B   September 29, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    That’s what you get for marking a game score down based on nothing but your perverse Worldview. I read the review and this transsexual’s problem was that apparently the game suffered from misogyny and a lack of political correctness. Insane. The transsexual should not only be fired but hanged too.

    • Caitlyn   November 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Congratulations, you’re disgusting.

    • Cowboyboy   November 6, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Is that satire or are you dumb enough that you can’t see the irony of your comment?

  8. david   September 29, 2013 at 3:06 am

    I’m sorry but men who go through a sex change operation have always felt they were a female in a male body so they go through the operation. how can they still be a “dude”? Nate needs to stop being as bigoted as the other trolls because they obviously don’t know what the hell they’re talking about! how could they?

  9. Rickie Lickie   September 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I think people are more mad about Carolyn removing a point from the total score, just because she was offended by the game. Not because it didn’t get a 10 out of 10.

  10. Mark   September 22, 2013 at 12:41 am

    No, it has everything to do with the fact IT is a terrible reviewer with a history of poor reviews.

  11. kurt   September 21, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    one thing to take into consideration is the fact that gta v does target a rather “special” group of players. the huge success of the game only goes to show how many ppl need or love an extremly high level of virtual violence. nevermind if its verbal or physical aggression towards something or someone. it doesn’t surprise me one bit that a selected group of these targeted players will troll someone so hard over their personal opinion of a product.

    supporting these kind of “projects”… virtual demonstrations ala games… is sickening.

    • Starwars1994   September 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm


  12. Nate   September 21, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Carolyn is not a “she,” still a dude sorry. A man that chooses to wear women’s clothing, get his anatomy turned inside out, some cosmetic surgery, and possibly take artificial hormones is NOT a woman. I dont care how politically incorrect that is, needed to be said. The day and age we live in…

    • BrokenH (Ben)   September 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

      When a trans person identifies as a “she” it’s correct to refer to them that way. And her/him being trans still doesn’t excuse the flak said person got for giving GTA 5 a 9 out of 10 whilst going so far to slap “editor’s choice” on it. People are raging over nothing. So a review didn’t give GTA5 a perfect 10 out of 10. Oh noez bro,world be ending!

  13. BrokenH (Ben)   September 20, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I don’t get it. It’s obvious Carolyn liked the game. Sure, she was offended by some of the content but it still got a 9 out of 10. How can anyone rage over a 9 out of 10?

    Normally I’m not a fan of social justice warriors and the political correctness police but in this case the gamers asking for Carolyn’s job are the ones in the wrong.

  14. Wiki   September 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

    They realize they’re playing a game about criminals right?

  15. Mike   September 19, 2013 at 4:40 am

    The escapist reviewer did not give a score of 3.5 out of 10, he gave 3.5 out of 5… Still a good score. In the end though, a reviewer has a right to review something how they see it. If you don’t agree with it then fine, don’t agree with it, but to hate someone over their opinion of a game is a little immature. But hey, that’s just my opinion…


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