So, remember the Attack of the Saints trailer for Hitman: Absolution? Where 47 takes out a bunch of battle nuns in fetish gear?
Did that trailer offend you? It didn't offend me - not one iota - but it caused quite a stir with a very great deal of folks in the gaming media.
Mirror - and likely many, many more - threw such a fit that Hitman developer io Interactive released a public apology regarding it. Penny Arcade, happily, took a defensive tack and suggested - rather sagely - that as soon as you take a piece of media regarding pleather-wrapped holy assassins seriously, you've made an error.
Here's my position.
Kotaku, IGN, Guardian, Mirror - and the likely many, many more - your difficulty digesting the above trailer is sexist as fuck. Nobody complains in a movie when a priest strips down to his bare ass and whips himself raw in penance. Nobody bitches about the countless video game trailers we've seen when The Hero beats the holy shit out of monsters, other dudes, space aliens or dudes in space marine attire in a gloriously gory fashion.
We've seen much, much worse violence in many, many trailers.
Y'know what makes this trailer different? Women.
That's it. You didn't complain when, last year, we got trailers of 47 killing the hell out of a bunch of men. But now that he's exercising his righteous skills on the fairer sex, you're calling foul?
You can't have it both ways. Either it's cool to see beautifully-produced, well-choreographed violence, or it's not. It doesn't automatically become uncool when you change a gender.
If that's seriously your problem - that the gender of 47's victims suddenly makes the Attack of the Saints trailer a hate crime...
I hate to break it to you, but that is sexist. The trailer isn't sexist. You are for having no difficulty when violence is shown against men, but raging against it when it's shown against women.