|giandujakiss (giandujakiss) wrote,|
@ 2009-04-29 02:30 pm UTC
Nothing Gay in Star Wars, Game Company Insists
The Canadian electronics company BioWare, which distributes a Star Wars-themed game with LucasArts, has angered fans by blocking any discussions of homosexuality and even going so far as to censor the terms gay, lesbian, and homosexual in its online forums.Edit:
What's more, BioWare is even trying to prevent discussion of the ban according to Eurogamer, closing threads titled 'GLBT discrimination in the forums?', among others. The only real explanation yet offered up has come from BioWare's Community Manager Sean Dahlberg, who said that the discussions were not relevant to either the games or the larger Star Wars franchise. According to Sean the idea and terms of homosexuality do not exist in the Star Wars universe and are therefore being dealt with as irrelevant.
They've since apologized and changed the policy
. Apparently, they wanted to filter out the words because they were being used as slurs - but frankly, their response to inquiries at first suggests there was more than a little homophobia in the mods, as well.