Now that Commander Shepard is gay, what’s next for Bioware? A transgender Darth Vader, clearly. The Florida Family Association, known for its protests of all things queer and friendly to Muslims, has issued a new warning against the “LGBT activists” embedded within Bioware and their new MMO The Old Republic:
LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) activists are demanding that the makers of Star Wars video games add LGBT characters for kids to select as their action figure when playing the games. Previous email alerts with more information on this issue are posted below.
These LGBT activists want children and young teens to be able to choose Star Wars action characters who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. This would mean:
• Children and teens, who never thought anyway but heterosexual, are now given a choice to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in their game player.
• Children and teens, who choose non-social agenda characters, would be forced to deal with lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender characters chosen by other players.
Should BioWare bow to the demands of these LGBT activists by adding such action characters to Star Wars video games they certainly would not create game rules that would allow regular players to prohibit entry into their games by these social agenda characters. That would be discrimination (sarcasm.)
There were no LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) characters in any of the Star Wars movies. So if BioWare, the maker of Star Wars video games, adds LGBT characters for kids to select as their action figure it could be something like Darth RuPaula, a combination of Darth Vader, one of the most popular Star Wars characters, and RuPaul, the renown transgender cross dresser.
Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to send that urges officials at BioWare’s parent company Electronic Arts and Lucas Films to stop any additions of LGBT content to Star Wars video games.
LGBT activism aside, it might actually be useful to ask how social and political issues like race, gender, and sexuality enter into these sorts of online worlds. Are there more nuanced forms of identity expression than trolls and flame wars when you enter into a society like that created by World of Warcraft and The Old Republic? Until then, you can see the picture of the feared drag villain below. I just hope this makes for an interesting challege week on RuPaul’s Drag Race.