publication date: Thursday, January 11, 2007 (part of Round XXIX)

category: Controversy

clue: Litigators love to argue, but this one has bullied rap music and video games for years with anything but modest proposals.

explanation: Thompson was a Florida lawyer known for challenging the decency of rap music, video games, and other forms of entertainment. His satirical essay A Modest Video Game Proposal stirred up controversy among passionate fans of the hobby. One of his biggest targets was the video game Bully ("bullied"). more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Dave Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Jerry Mathis, Tony Peters, Scott Horowitz, Megan Baxter, Chris McKinnon, Mihai Rusu, Michael Paul Cote, Todd Brotsch, Adrianne Rodgers, Kerry Odell, Josh Paddison, Joy Dunn, Jeremiah Poisson, and Chris Venit

trivia: Scott intentionally gooed Thompson to resemble a troll doll because Thompson's controversy-baiting inflammatory remarks about video games and players seem like a "troll" in an online message forum.


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