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GTA 6 Isn’t Going ‘Woke' Says GTA 5 Actor

9 January 2024 | 9:48 am | Jessie Lynch

"First of all, there’s been other female protagonists in the past, but not in something as huge as this.”


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Grand Theft Auto 5 actor Ned Luke has hit back at claims that Grand Theft Auto 6 has gone too “woke” after the game’s first trailer revealed the game’s first female protagonist.

For some reason, upon the trailer’s release last month, some fans took umbrage with the news that the new game would largely feature a woman named Lucia alongside her partner in both love and crime, Jason.

Disgruntled players took to social media to slam the franchise for becoming “woke”, with one eyebrow-raising comment reading, “Diversity off the bat on [sic] that trailer”.

Another added, “Hope it doesn’t end up being a woke alphabet soup community dumpster fire.”

This is all based on a 1-minute and 30-second teaser, let me remind you.

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Amid the wild chatter, the actor behind Michael in GTA 5, Ned Luke, has slammed those criticising GTA 6 as going “woke”.

“Lucia’s hard, man. In the trailer, she looked good,” Luke said in a recent interview with IGN.

“You get a lot of these clowns out here going, ‘Rockstar’s going woke, they’re caving into the wokeness of the world.’ First of all, there’s been other female protagonists in the past, but not in something as huge as this.”

Following Rockstar Games dropping the first trailer for the highly-anticipated GTA 6 last month, fans have been feverishly trying to dig up more about GTA 6’s new protagonist, with many suggesting actress Manni L. Perez may portray her.

In December, Rockstar Games, in response to the unauthorised leak, decided to release the official trailer earlier than planned, confirming a 2025 release date for the game.

Originally slated for an official premiere on Tuesday, December 5, the GTA 6 trailer surfaced prematurely on social media platforms.

Users on X (formerly Twitter) discovered the leaked video, prompting Rockstar Games to take swift action by launching the official trailer to counteract the spread of unofficial versions circulating on the internet.

The trailer, set against the backdrop of Tom Petty's Love is a Long Road, provides a glimpse into the world of GTA 6.

The video features protagonist Lucia, initially in a prison setting, before transitioning to scenes of fast cars, parties, and what appears to be a representation of modern city life on platforms like TikTok and Instagram.

Whether these scenes are a flashback to Lucia's past or a flashforward remains uncertain. Additionally, Lucia is seen accompanied by a male companion, possibly the second main protagonist named Jason, according to leaks.

Grand Theft Auto 6 is set to drop sometime in 2025 via the PS5, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X.

Check out the trailer below.