Electronic Arts has come under fire from right wing Christian groups for the sin of allowing gay-friendly content in its games. A letter campaign, seemingly spearheaded by the Florida Family Association, accuses EA of corrupting children and caving to pressure from LGBT groups. EA has hit back, and in a pleasantly hard fashion.
"Every one of EA's games includes ESRB content descriptors so it's hard to believe anyone is surprised by the content. This isn't about protecting children, it's about political harassment," said corporate communications VP Jeff Brown."EA has not been pressured by any groups to include LGBT characters in our games. However, we have met with LBGT groups and sponsored industry forums to discuss content and harassment of players in online forums. In short, we do put options for same-sex relationships in our games; we don't tolerate hate speech on our forums."
Idiotic fundamentalists have been attacking EA for a while. Shortly after The Old Republic was released, the Family Research Group said its gay content would "warp" children. This latest endeavor is yet another sad, soon to be failed, attempt at bullying a company into marching in lockstep with someone else's cherry-picked religious beliefs.
The Human Rights Campaign is working on a petition to thank EA for not being a bunch of wankers (on this issue, anyway), stating the importance of showing that the anti-gay set is a fringe group. As soon as that's live, I'll certainly be signing it. Even if you don't like LGBT content, getting mad over an optional, adult, romantic liaison -- that never has to affect your life -- is disgustingly pathetic.