Video Game Voters Network SOPA Backlash on Facebook

Maybe the comments on the Video Game Voters Network (the Entertainment Software Association's advocacy group for gamers) Facebook page are purely anecdotal, or represent what Lamar Smith (the Texas Republican Congressman who is to lead sponsor on the Stop  Online Piracy Act) calls a very "vocal minority," but the entire page seems to be inundated with negative comments.

The entire comment section, save a few stories (including one about the story posted by the page about the history of Atari and its founding) is jammed with negative comments. Here are just a few samples:

Luke Dobbin: "How can the ESA have a division promoting the protection of free speech & the defence of video games from 'intrusive legislation & regulation', and still support SOPA, a bill that will have catastrophic effects on both? Please, PULL YOUR SUPPORT!"

Patrick McKenna: "It is extremely hypocritical of ESA (and the VGVN, by proxy) to support SOPA, after previously calling on the unity and passion of internet-savvy gamers defend the medium in Brown vs. EMA/ESA, it would now turn its back on those same people, and the very idea of free speech which allowed for such a surge of support. By supporting SOPA, the ESA is supporting the censure of speech worldwide, under the guise of fighting piracy. I cannot in good conscience associate myself with an organization that would sacrifice the rights of billions for the sake of profits. As such, unless the ESA and its member organizations publicly denounce SOPA, I won't be spending another dollar on any product that comes from this house. To any member companies, standing silent to the ESA's stance is no different than agreeing with it. Speak out against SOPA before it is too late."

Jeremy Barnes: "I won't be supporting this any further. I'll also be taking a hard look at my dollars going to companies who belong to the ESA."

Michael Carusi: "I've made the choice to not support you due to your support of SOPA and PIPA. It's sad to see the ESA, which has been at the forefront of defending video game free speech on the political stage for years, now advocating for a pair of laws where the First Amendment fallout has been made abundantly clear."

You can read the rest of the comments here.

Source: Facebook, Image Credit TheESa.com

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