Moral Kombat

  • Aired:  06/30/11
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The Supreme Court has good news for the makers of graphically violent video games and bad news for the makers of Super Mario Boners. (4:37)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

SO AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, THE

SUPREME COURT'S TERM ENDED WITH

A RASH OF NEW RULINGS.

>> THE COURT STRUCK DOWN A LAW

PASSED BY THE CALIFORNIA

LEGISLATURE IN 2005 AND SIGNED

INTO LAW BY THEN-GOVERNOR ARNOLD

SCHWARZENEGGER THAT MADE A CRIME

TO SELL OR RENT VIDEO GAMES

DEPICTING VIOLENCE TO ANYONE

UNDER 18.

>> Jon: OH, WOW.

THAT'S GOT TO BE A HUGE

DISAPPOINTMENT FOR

SCHWARZENEGGER.

A MAN WHO FOUGHT SO HARD FOR SO

LONG TO PROTECT KIDS FROM IMAGES

OF GRATUITOUS VIOLENCE.

( LAUGHTER )

THE STATE HAS NO PLACE KEEPING

KIDS FROM BUYING VIOLENT VIDEO

GAMES.

BIG DEAL.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

I AGREE WITH THAT.

I USED TO PLAY VIDEO GAMES,

SPACE INVADERS, DOOM.

HOW BAD COULD THE GAMES REALLY

BEE-- OH, MY GOD!

OH!

OH ( BLEEP )!

OH, MY GOD!

I THINK I'M GOING TO BE SICK!

OH!

OH!

THAT ( BLEEP )!

OH, GET SOME ICE!

( LAUGHTER )

CAN THE STATES PLACE ANY

RESTRICTIONS ON CONTENT SOLD TO

MINORS?

>> JUSTICE SLAE IN HIS OPINION--

SALEA SAID GOVERNMENTS MIGHT BE

ABLE TO RESTRICT SEXUAL

MATERIALS BUT NOT VIOLENT AND

OTHER MATERIALS.

>> OH.

WHAT?

SO I GUESS THAT'S GOOD NEWS FOR

TODAY'S GRAPHICALLY VIOLENT

VIDEO GAMES.

BAD NEWS FOR SEXY GAMING

CLASSICS LIKE SUPER MARIO

BONERS.

( LAUGHTER )

( LAUGHTER )

NICE JOB, SAM.

LET'S BE CLEAR WHAT WE'RE

TALKING ABOUT HERE.

FAIR WARNING.

THIS IS REALLY FAIR WARNING.

YOU MAY FIND THIS NEXT CLIP-- IN

FACT I'D BE TRULY SURPRISE FUD

DON'T, IN ALL SHEERSNESS--

SHOCKING AND OFFENSIVE.

IT'S LIKE AN INTERACTIVE,

ANIMATED SNUFF FILM.

IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO VIOLENT

IMAGERY NOW MIGHT BE A GOOD TIME

TO GO TO ANOTHER ROOM AND HAVE

FILTHY, DISGUSTING DEVIANT SEX.

IN THIS CASE BROWN VERSUS

ENTERTAINMENT, THE SUPREME COURT

DETERMINED 7-2, THAT THE STATE

OF CALIFORNIA HAS NO INTEREST IN

RESTRICTING THE SALE OF THIS

GAME-- NO INTEREST IN

RESTRICTING THE SALES OF THAT

GAME TO CHILDREN.

BUT, IF WHILE BEING DISEMBOWELED

THIS WOMAN WERE TO SUFFER

PERHAPS A NIP SLIP, REGULATE

AWAY.

PERSONALLY, I DON'T KNOW IF

VIDEO GAME VIOLENCE AFFECTS

CHILDREN BUT I AM WORRIED THAT

THE GAMES ARE AFFECTING JUDGES

THAT HAVE TO LOOK AT THEM, LIKE

IN THE-- IN THE WISCONSIN

SUPREME COURT...

>> JUST ANNE WALSH BRADLEY IS

ACCUSING FELLOW JUSTICE DAVID

PROCTOR OF TRYING TO CHOKE HER

DURING A HEATED DEBATE.

PROFFER DENIES IT.

>> WHAT JUSTICE BRADLEY SAYS IS

SHE ASKED JUSTICE DAVID PROFFER

TO LEAVE.

HE PUT HER NECK IN A CHOKE HOLD.

>> Jon: JUDGES FIGHTING EACH

OTHER.

SOUND LOOK A CASE FOR MY NEW

SHOW "COURT, COURT."

LITERALLY, A BENCH-CLEARING

BRAWL HAPPENING IN THE MIDST OF

OF AN IDEOLOGICALLY CHARGED

DEBATE OVER COLLECTIVE

BARGAINING RIGHTS.

IT'S THE BIGGEST POLITICAL FIGHT

IN RECEIPT WISCONSIN HISTORY BUT

IT'S HE SAID/SHE SAID.

HOW DO WE EVER KNOW WHO IS

RIGHT?

THE ALTERCATION ALLEGEDLY TOOK

PLACE IN FRONT OF THEIR COURT

COLLEAGUES.

>> Jon: OH, MY GOD.

THANK GOD.

EYEWITNESSES.

AND NOT JUST ANY EYEWITNESSES.

THE OTHER SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

PILLARS OF THE WISCONSIN LEGAL

ESTABLISHMENT, THE VERY PEOPLE

ENTRUSTED WITH THE SOLID

JUDICIAL DUTY OF WEIGHING FACT

AND DETERMINING JUSTICE.

>> AND THEY, TOO, ARE DIVIDE

OVER EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: THE OTHER JUSTICES WERE

THERE AND THEY'RE STILL-- LET ME

GUESS, PARTY LINES.

THEY'RE DIVIDED ON PARTY LINES.

THESE ARE PEOPLE WHOSE JOB IS

INTERPRETING WHAT A DWRUM GROUP

OF DEAD FOUNDERS WERE THINKING

AND THEY'RE CAN'T AGREE ON WHAT

HAPPENED RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEIR

( BLEEP ) EYES.

( LAUGHTER )

I USED TO THINK YOUR REALITY

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