ESA rebukes U.S. President's 'shithole countries' comment

The Entertainment Software Association calls Trump’s comment 'repulsive', saying that it condemns the 'backward thinking' represented by the comment.

The Entertainment Software Association has issued a statement in response to what the New York Times reports as President Trump’s description of Haiti and some African nations as “shithole countries.” 

The ESA, which sees itself as the voice of the US video game industry and counts many major game companies among its members, rebuked the President’s comments via Twitter, stating that the language used was ‘repulsive’ and undermines the fundamental values of the United States.

This isn’t the first time the ESA has spoken up in response to decisions or comments made by the current United States leadership.

The organization notably (and to the dismay of some developers) voiced its support for the GOP’s tax reform plan before it was signed into law late last year.

Before that, the Association warned the White House to “express caution” with last year’s selective travel ban, cautioning that the plan could have a negative effect on the U.S. video game industry and the economy. 

This latest statement, however, takes a noticeably stronger stance on this latest issue.

Latest Jobs

Cryptic Studios

Senior Producer

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, MD, USA
Instructor/Assistant Professor, Game Art

Night School Studio

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Level Designer / Scripter, Games Studio
More Jobs   


Explore the
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Job Board

Game Developer Newsletter


Explore the

Game Developer Job Board

Browse open positions across the game industry or recruit new talent for your studio

Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Follow us


Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more