Tony Perkins is warning parents that gay relationships are possible in the new popular online video game Star Wars: The Old Republic. Perkins, the head of the SPLC-certified anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council, claimed that there were hundreds of pages of anti-gay comments related to Bioware, the manufacturer’s announcement that players in future versions of the game could have “same gender romances with companion characters” as part of “a post-launch feature.”
Here’s the transcript of Perkins’ radio message, thanks to Brian Tashman of Right Wing Watch, which has the audio you can listen to there.
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!
We visited Bioware’s forums, and were unable to find the “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.” In fact, the thread we located seemed to have no opposition to the introduction of same-sex relationships and LGBT characters.
Could Perkins be making up the opposition?
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