Artist: John Cadice
Date of Action: May 2012
Region: North America
Location: Cyberspace (Kickstarter)
Subject: Explicit Sexuality, Violence
Medium: Electronic Media "Electronic Media" is not in the list (Commercial Advertising, Dance, Design, Installation, Journalism, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Online, Painting, ...) of allowed values for the "Has medium" property.
Confronting Bodies: Kickstarter
Description of Artwork: John Cadice developed a card came called "Tentacle Bento". The game, set in an all-girls school in Japan, placed players in the role of a slimy, tentacle monster whose mission was to capture innocent schoolgirls and violate them with the tentacles.
The Incident: After the page received much attention and complaints from Kickstarter community members, Kickstarter decided to cancel the project's funding (despite the fact that Cadice had already reached $10,000 more than his initial goal).
Results of Incident: Cadice, who earned a pretty unfavorable reputation following this publicity, issued apologies to offended Kickstarter members. Cadice defended his project, however, noting that tentacle rape is not explicitly or graphically addressed in his game; that while the game might be best suited for mature audiences, it in no way depicts or calls upon players to perform rape simulation.