Big Day for Fort Gay and Xbox Live

  • By MyAlterEgo on

    September 8, 2010

  • I am late on the news, but I should be given a pass on this. I have work and other things going on in my life, so I only have small time frames to write about certain occurrences; and this little occurrence is definitely worth writing about. (If you do not feel like reading my entire article, skip to the bottom and vote in the will be fun!)

    Xbox Live is always trying to keep their services user and "family" friendly (a little more emphasis on the family aspect), by eliminating cuss words (gamer bio, etc.), blocking offensive names, and much more. Within that much more is the constant abuse of the term "Gay;" which leads us into the story.

    Josh Moore was just a normal gamer, enjoying the likes of shooters...Call of Duty and Ghost Recon being a couple of examples. He decided he would let the Xbox Live community know that he was from Fort Gay. Now, that is not very nice, is it? I mean, that is ripping on the gay community, is it not?

    Turns out, "Fort Gay" was not being used as dis on the gay community, but rather, it was the actual community where Moore lived. "Fort Gay" is a small town located in West Virginia.

    Doesn't that make Microsoft feel like a horse's ass? Probably not, but at least they did revoke the suspension on Josh's Xbox Live account, and issued an apology to the poor lad.

    The disagreement, according to Stephen Toulouse, was as follows:
    Someone took the phrase 'fort gay WV' and believed that the individual who had that was trying to offend, or trying to use it in a pejorative manner," Toulouse said. "Unfortunately, one of my people agreed with that. When it was brought to my attention, we did revoke the suspension.
    Toulouse is apparently going to contact Mr. Moore to apologize, and he went on to say:
    In this very, very specific case, a mistake was made," he said, "and we're going to make it right.
    To read the full article, head on over to MSNBC and skim away.


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