Family Research Council Attacks Star Wars: The Old Republic for Same-Sex Relationships

January 27, 2012 -

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has taken Star Wars: The Old Republic to task for allowing gay relationships in the game. Anyone who isn't in a special interest group like Family Research Council and has paid attention to the way BioWare does things, knows that this is nothing new, of course. In one of his recent daily radio broadcast Perkins attacked the option for same-sex relationships, saying "in a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists!"

Of course we know that BioWare included these (and other) kinds of relationships to offer players more options, not because they are "activists."

Here's more from the Perkins broadcast:

"In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists! Hello, I’m Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In a galaxy not so far far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side. The new video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has added a special feature: gay relationships. Bioware, the company that developed the game, said it’s launching a same-sex romance component to satisfy some complaints. That surprised a lot of gamers, since Bioware had made it clear in 2009 that “gay” and “lesbian” don’t exist in the Star Wars universe. Since the announcement, homosexuals have been celebrating the news, but parents sure aren’t. On the game’s website, there are more than 300 pages of comments–a lot of them expressing anger that their kids will be exposed to this Star Warped way of thinking. You can join them by logging on and speaking up. It’s time to show companies who the Force is really with!"

You can hear the whole thing at www.frc.org.

Source: Opposing Views. Thanks to everyone that sent this in.


Comments

Re: Family Research Council Attacks Star Wars: The Old ...

See, the thing is, even if there were millions of fanatics who supported this guy, I don't think BioWare, or any other game developer who supports same-sex relationships, would listen anyway.

That's the beauty about freedom of speech: It works both ways. This guy's free to spread whatever crap he wants but BioWare are also allowed to put whatever crap they want into any of their video games.

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strange how they don't have a problem with the option of men playing female toons or vice versa

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Man, that reads like an Onion article.  I wonder what it must be like to be so far out there that you don't even realize you sound like a parody of yourself.

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I think I can roughly translate this.

"My kid might play this and this could possibly get in the way of me teaching them it's ok to hate, belittle, and bully these people"

Re: Family Research Council Attacks Star Wars: The Old ...

Me and my wife be married for 12 years this June.  And you know what will happen if a gay/lesbian couple gets married?  What that will do to us, or the sanctity of our marriage?

NOT A DAMN THING....

We have friends and family that are gay, as well as co-workers...I would not want to stop their happiness any more than they have tried to stop ours.  Who you love and care for is your business.  

So why is this even an issue in a VIDEOGAME where people play as a member of the opposite sex everyday in MMO's (I've had a few female characters myself). A person should be able to interact with fellow players in a way that is comfortable and normal for them.  Trying to hide what happens in the arena of a social game world is just a sad attempt to keep a child, or anyone for that matter, from seeing what is going on in the real world.  People have relationships and lead their lives.  No one should be able to dictate what a group of people should be able to do in those regards.  If a parent feels that this content is not appropriate for their child, I don't think anyone would argue that is that parents right to stop the game for whatever reasons they have.  But to blanket change EVERYONE for the ranting of a few I find sadly unacceptable.  It's an OPTION for some players if they so choose...not a requirement for everyone which these people are basically asking for.  

Ok, enough with my rant for now.  But if he, or anyone else that feels this way reads it, please feel free to contact me.  I'm always up for a good debate on personal freedoms. :)

 

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Re: Family Research Council Attacks Star Wars: The Old ...

Hate group whines about company doing something that isn't hateful. In other news, the sky is still somewhere in the neighborhood of #0000FF.

Re: Family Research Council Attacks Star Wars: The Old ...

Isn't the Empire evil? So a threat to it would be a good thing, right? 

Apparently gay marriage is a stronger force for good than the entire Jedi Order.

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"since Bioware had made it clear in 2009 that “gay” and “lesbian” don’t exist in the Star Wars universe"

 

Wait . . . What? Is that a completely deliberate misquote or is this actually based on something Bioware actually said?

Re: Family Research Council Attacks Star Wars: The Old ...

It was a community rep who backtracked after pretty much everyone told him "do you even realize how that sounds to other people". The original thread in which that comment appeared was about the fact that the words were being filtered, for what it's worth.

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Ahhh, so, a dumb thing to say, but still being taken completely out of context in this instance.

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It's possible they're misinterpreting a statement about Mass Effect, or maybe LucasArts (which I don't pay attention to) said something about a lack of gays. Either way I really doubt that statement could be accurate.

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I still think the evil psychos with the ability to shoot lightning out of their finger tips are a little more of a danger than two dudes getting married.  Just sayin'.

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By 300 pages they mean a single thread, with over 300 posts (not that uncommon on a forum) most of which have nothing to do with this. About 2, 3 posts in total. In fact the thread is about guys playing as female charecters...

Re: Family Research Council Attacks Star Wars: The Old ...

wait, last I had heard Bioware said that they would eventually be including LGBT relations into the game but it wasn't really a high priority. I haven't heard anything since then, no new developments or storyline changes. Did BW announce something?

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They've confirmed it for the big list of things happening post-launch.

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"You can hear the whole thing at www.frc.org."

and give additional traffic to a site that promotes intolerance? Thanks but no thanks. :(

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