Pink Elephant In the Room
(Microsoft fucks up again, but I'm going to let Mr. Kennedy,
at newenthusiast.com, tell the story. =mike=)
history of Microsoft’s Xbox Live
policies towards openly homosexual gamers
has been a little tawdry.
There was the classic case of Richard
Gaywood (yes, that is his real name)
who was refused the right to use his
name as his gamertag because it was ‘obscene’.
Now, Microsoft has suspended the account
of a woman because she mentioned on her
profile that she is a lesbian. When asked
to explain this, Microsoft has hidden
behind its terms of service, which state
under things that you may not do:
“Create a Gamertag, avatar or use
text in other profile fields that may
other members. This includes comments
that look, sound like, stand for, hint
at, abbreviate, or insinuate or relate
to any of the following: profane words/phrases,
topics or content of a sexual nature,
hate speech (including but not limited
to racial, ethnic, or religious slurs),
illegal drugs/controlled substances,
or illegal activities;”
So, apparently, being open about being
homosexual constitutes ‘sexual
Why is it that if someone is gay, the
conservative establishment immediately
think about sex? If someone says they’re
straight, do they immediately begin to
wonder about their sexual habits? No,
they think romance and love, weddings
and little-tackers running around under
a Hills Hoist.
The fact is that the preoccupation with
homosexuality as a purely sexual issue
is the problem, not gay gamers themselves.
If a gamer can’t say that they’re
gay on their own profile, does that preclude
people from putting that they are married
on their profile? I hear that married
people (GASP) have the sex!
And you’d better not put how many
children you have, because that would
be telling people that you have had sex
at least that many times. Actually, do
away with profiles. Every person who
has one is the product of a sex act!
It’s utterly ridiculous.
Microsoft has responded and apologised
for its insensitivity in the way that
the issue has been handled, but has no
plans to alter its policies at this time.
Here’s an idea, Microsoft – if
someone complains about another user
having the fact that they’re gay
on their profile, ban that bigoted fucktard.
Chances are they’re contributing
more to the horrid racism, homophobia,
and other ‘hate speech’ that
is everywhere on your service, and that
your terms very specifically disallow.
Don’t ban the person who is simply
being open about something that they
have no reason to hide, and that you
have no right to ask them to.
Disclaimer: The author of this polemic
is not gay, although he has been known
to wear a dress when the mood strikes.