‘Mongrel Mob Defence’ drawing criticism
A new game app that has direct references to the Mongrel Mob is drawing widespread criticism for validating and normalising gang culture.
The game 'Mongrel Mob Defence' has raised high interest on social media.
The gist of the game is a dispute between the two rival gangs: the Mongrel Mob and the Black Power, which according to Black Power member, Dennis O’Reilly, is influencing young people.
“Young people, especially, find it hard to distinguish between what's real and what's fantasy online. This is a sort of thing that can change the dynamic.”
Also, an image of a Mongrel Mob member was used who recently passed away; eventually it was changed to Alf Stewart from Home and Away.
Using the image of the deceased Mongrel Mob member did upset people, including Mongrel Mob member Johnny Nepe Apatu.
“Ko te mea ki roto i a au ko te wairua o tōku hoa a Greko, i kite atu i tērā, me whakakorengia i tērā.”
Nepe Apatu has lived in Melbourne for 10 years and he has introduced Te Whare Tū Tauā lessons for the gang to strengthen their tikanga.
“That’s what I'm doing over here in Melbourne, trying to get us to an area where we can move forward and do things in harmony.”
In a statement, Supremacy says the app will not be removed, they’re planning to continually update the game. An iOS version will be released shortly and a follow-up title "Black Power Defence" is in the works.
O’Reilly has a statement to all parents:
“Watch what your kids are doing online. The studio where I am at is called AWA. Aroha, Whanaungatanga, Āwhinatanga. It's on about the pro-social use of social media. So be the same person you are online as you are in the real world. When the provider calls themselves, 'Supremacist', what's the word that normally goes with supremacist?”
The two gangs hope the game is removed and advise that Supremacy be very careful as this can all backfire on their company.