According to a report on The Consumerist, Microsoft’s Xbox Live has mandated that a gamer/customer of the online gaming venue change his GamerTag due to a gay reference contained in it. From the article:
Reader Grant says that his gamer tag “theGAYERgamer” was recently banned by Xbox Live. He hoped that a call to customer support would sort things out but all he received was a confusing explanation from an Xbox Live supervisor. According to the supervisor, it wasn’t that she found the name offensive, but it was the “greater Xbox community” that found it offensive…
The Consumerist wonders why the Xbox community gets to decide, and whether the decision has homophobic overtones.
GP: Interestingly enough, we just logged onto XBL (GamerTag = GamePolitics) and noticed that the similar-sounding account “gaygamer” is active. We checked that one because of the well-known website of the same name. So it’s unclear whether “theGAYERgamer” was singled out for some reason or if there is more to the story.