A Bishop in Italy is prepared to go to court to ban Pokemon GO, citing the game as “diabolical” and “alarming” and comparing it to Nazism. Bishop Antonio Stagliano of Noto in Sicily, says the popular monster hunting game has “alienated thousands and thousands of young people” who have been addicted and are like “the walking dead”. He believes that banning the game will help to “preserve the social stability of the men and women” in his region. Stagliano has reportedly consulted with lawyers as he investigates taking legal action against Niantic, the game’s developer.
Recently, Fabrice Beauvois, mayor of the small French village of Bressolles, demanded that Niantic remove the game from his village. The app has been removed from from locations like Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Cambodia’s genocide museum. In Iran, the game is banned countrywide. Authorities in New York state said they would ban some 3,000 registered sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go while they are on parole in order to safeguard children who play the game.
This isn’t the first time that Pokemon has been compared to Nazism. In the 1990s a Pokemon card featuring a manji, a symbol used in Buddhist imagry, was criticized for its resemblance to a swastika.