Like so many of Rockstar’s games, Red Dead Redemption 2 trades heavily on its freedom. As you’d expect, you can go anywhere in the world and do pretty much anything you want, from hunting animals to hogtieing civilians and robbing trains. Of course, not everyone is going to use that freedom in the most positive manner, and YouTube videos of one player feeding a suffragette to pigs has prompted some controversy.
Shirrako, who has an impressive 487k subscribers, had his account temporarily disabled earlier, when YouTube caught wind of videos in which he murdered one of the suffragettes that you encounter in the New Orleans-inspired town of Saint Denis in a variety of ways. In the clips, he puts the “annoying feminist” on a train track and dumps her in a swamp with alligators, among others. YouTube originally removed the videos – and the channel – on the grounds that they breached its violence policies; the clips have since been restored with age restrictions added.
It’s perhaps worth pointing out that murdering suffragettes in Red Dead Redemption 2 actually lowers your Honor rating, while attacking members of the Ku Klux Klan improves it, so there’s definitely a message that Rockstar wants to get across. It’s strange for YouTube to specifically target these videos on violent grounds, though, considering you can literally blow the faces off enemies elsewhere in the game. What are your thoughts?