April 10, 2012
Stephen Fry and Charlie Brooker have both used Twitter to come out in support of EA after the publisher was targeted by anti-gay protestors. Speaking over Easter, Fry said "If you do 0 else today, do join me and @Yoda to help game-maker @ea stand strong against anti gay hate & the dark side". Brooker was equally supportive, saying "Good for @EA for telling the homophobes to **** off."
"They should make *every* character in their games gay for a year just to wind up the bigots. Starting with the FIFA franchise," Brooker added. "In the next Modern Warfare, they should have a special 'gay' gun that's better than all the others, thus forcing online players to use it."
EA has received "several thousand" letters objecting to the inclusion of same-sex relationships in recent games such as Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect 3. A counter-petition supporting EA has since launched and has accumulated over 65,000 names over the past four days.
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