Ann over at Boker Tov Boulder happily wrote me that Hasbro was running a favorite city contest for its Monopoly game. We of course joyfully voted for Jerusalem, Israel (New York a close second for me of course).
#1 Istanbul, Turkey 4.4%
#2 Montreal, Canada 4.3%
#3 Cape Town, South Africa 3.7%
#4 Jerusalem 3.5%
#5 Riga, Latvia 3.5%
#6 London, United Kingdom 3.5%
#7 Rome, Italy 3.4%
#8 New York, United States 3.3%
#9 Paris, France 3.3%
#10 Belgrade, Serbia 3.2%
#11 Sydney, Australia 3.0%
#12 Athens, Greece 2.1%
#13 Vancouver, Canada 2.1%
#14 Cairo, Egypt 2.1%
#15 Tokyo, Japan 2.0%
#16 Madrid, Spain 2.0%
#17 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
#18 Kyiv, Ukraine 1.9%
#19 Dublin, Ireland 1.9%
#20 Toronto, Canada 1.8%
No country. Whyw ould Hasbro change things in such a significant way? The option to vote for "Jerusalem, Israel" now reads simply "Jerusalem" -- no country.
It removed the joie from the game. Very disturbing indeed. Anne advised us to inquire here.
Dave over at One Jerusalem. org just got this explanation from Hasbro.
This is Hasbro's final public response:
Parker Brothers, the makers of board game Monopoly has embarked upon an exercise to find the world's most popular cities as voted for by the public. It was never our intention to print any countries on the final boards and any online tags were merely used as a geographic reference to help with city selection. This is clearly stated in the terms and conditions of our campaign.
We would never want to enter into any political debate.
What debate? Jerusalem is in Israel, asshat.
We apologise for any upset this has caused our Monopoly fans and hope that they continue to support their favourite cities, all of which are deserving of a place on our final board - Monopoly Here and Now: The World Edition which will be released in Autumn 2008. The 20 pre-selected cities with the highest worldwide votes on February 29 2008 will make it onto the board. Plus voters will have from February 29 to March 9 2008 to vote on the most nominated Wildcard cities. Only the top two will make it on the board.
What a giant pussy.
In addition, we got this from the pr rep:
All country tags are currently being removed from the websites – cities will only be represented by their common name as they will appear on the board. I hope this does not stop you from supporting Jerusalem a very worthy and wonderful city.
Goder continues, " while this may not be the result we are looking for, we did have an impact. KEEP VOTING. When we get Jerusalem to Number 1 we will declare defiantly that Jerusalem, ISRAEL won the vote".
Who will photoshop the little man with a kefiyyah?
- UPDATE (Feb 20): Keep Voting! Thanks to you, Jerusalem is now #4!
- We're aiming for #1! VOTE EVERY DAY! Hasbro encourages it.
- The makers of Monopoly are inviting fans worldwide to vote in an on-line contest to determine which 22 cities will be etched in the collective memory for a new global edition of the 75-year-old game.
- The contest, which got under way this week and will continue through February 28, will allow Monopoly fans the world over to cast their ballots for the 10 best cities out of a pre-selected list of 68, including Jerusalem, Israel.
- The 20 cities with the highest number of votes will make it onto the new board.
- Please ONLY vote for Jerusalem. Voting for other cities will reduce Jerusalem’s relative scoring.
- You can vote EVERY DAY up to Feb. 28.
- Here are step-by-step instructions. Please VOTE NOW!
- Go to Hasbro's site.
- In the right-pane, click ‘Sort By: Cities’ (see our diagram)
- Scroll down to ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ > Click it.
- A pop-up appears, click ‘Add to My Cities’
- A small picture of Jerusalem should appear in lower section of the screen. (Please do not select any other cities. This would reduce Jerusalem’s scoring.)
- Click Vote.
- Click ‘Create your login now.’
- Enter a desired Username and Password > Click Save.
- You will receive a confirmation email at the entered address.
- Click the link in the email.
- Once a day until Feb. 28, repeat Steps 1 through 6.
- Forward this message to others.
UPDATE: Thanks KGS! That was fast! Transatlantic fast! The blogosphere rocks my infidel world!
UPDATE: And this from super talented Edward Cropper. Made me laugh out loud!