Tony Perkins is the Evangelical head of the conservative Family Research Council and he has a big gay chip on his shoulder. So much so that he can’t handle gay relationships being recognized even in fictional universes:
“In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists!” Perkins announced during his daily radio commentary. “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.”
Oh my! Gay relationships? In an online video game? How will the empire ever survive?!?
According to Tony people are just up in arms over this development, which actually hasn’t happened yet (the ability to have same-sex relationships with companion characters is to be added later) and he cites the following as proof:
“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!”
The trouble with that, according to The Raw Story, is that there isn’t anything close to 300 pages on that topic and most of the comments that are there about it are far from angry. A good number of them are asking why the feature isn’t already in place.
Here’s the thing: The last people that Bioware is likely to listen to is a bunch of stuck-up Evangelicals who aren’t paying subscribers. They really don’t give a shit if Tony Perkins and the FRC aren’t happy about gay relationships being in the game. They can make all the noise they want and the only force they’ll be demonstrating is impotence.
It’s not like this is the first Bioware game to allow for same-sex relationships either. Mass Effect had the possibility of a sexual encounter between the same gender — if not same species — in the course of its story and the Evangelicals had a hissy fit over that as well to no avail.
Which isn’t to say that getting all flustered about is a complete waste of time for the FRC. After all, it’s a great way to raise funds. Actually changing anything, however, is probably hoping for a bit much.