Anti-Gay Star Wars Complainers Now Complaining About Spambots

Who is waging the public opinion battle between anti-gay "family values" groups and the video game creators who dared to allow same-sex romance in their massive new Star Wars game? The anti-gay crowd says the Star Wars defenders are getting help from spam-bots. (Would they be spam-droids?)

Anti-gay controversy over The Old Republic began in January, with the Family Research organisation targeting EA with letter-writing protests. The pro-family group claimed that EA bowed to pressure to include a story path that would let characters of the same gender get into a romantic relationship. Then, the Florida Family Association jumped on the same bandwagon and urged like-minded individuals to write more correspondance. The goal of these letters to EA is to get the company to stop putting LGBT characters into Star Wars games, as they'd supposedly damage the minds of any young people playing them.

EA has responded to these campaigns by calling them "political harassment". In response to the EA mail-attacks, LGBT activism organisation AllOut launched a counter-offensive in the form of an online petition. Celebrities like Stephen Fry have rallied people on Twitter to go onto AllOut and sign the petition, which needs 75,000 signatures to send iconic Jedi master Yoda to EA's corporate headquarters to deliver a message in support of LGBT characters and relationships in the company's games .

However, Kotaku has received multiple emails claiming that EA has tried to spam its way to the required number of signatures, with screen caps of repeated comments and suspicious Javascript code provided as evidence. But it's impossible to tell by these screens alone if it was EA actually spammed AllOut. A morning update from AllOut told visitors that the Yoda petition suffered a hack attack that shoved thousands of signatures onto its rolls.

UPDATE: AllOut.org has temporarily disabled the campaign page of its website due to a cyber attack by hackers. In the attack, hackers added roughly 3000-5000 comments and signatures onto the petition. AllOut.org is currently in the process of removing those signatures, but can verify that over 60,000 members have sign onto the petition and continue to urge Electronic Arts to stay away from the dark side.

AllOut's statement also indicated that the organisation's had no contact with EA so far. Complicating matters further, EA has been accused of using the anti-homophobia statements as a smokescreen to distract people from unpopular business practices and their recent naming as the Worst Company in America in a Consumerist poll.

Kotaku has reached out to Electronic Arts, the Family Research Council and the Florida Family Association for comment and will update the story if we hear back.


Comments

    FFS... do people think it's impossible that EA is doing this because it's something they care about, rather than automatically assume it's to distract from the fact they're somehow worse than Monsanto and Haliburton...?

      Doesn't this sorta prove, in the end, that EA is not worse that Haliburton et al? I mean seriously.

      People are jack-asses.

      It is something they care about. Quite awhile ago EA was part of the "It gets better" campaign and released an online video of including it's employees speaking on the subject. However I think it's pretty obvious EA is using this as a shield to deflect criticism of their other business practices. I don't think they are behind this hack, but I wouldn't put it past them.

        I agree completely. EA wasnt even responsible for including sexual relations in games (gay, bi, straight - whatever) It was Bioware. The only reason EA started this was an attempt to win back some popular opinion, but forget that. EA deserves whats coming to them, and rightly so.

        This Anti-gay nonsense from the Family Research Organization is just plain foolish as well. I say have both they and EA should get into a rooom, screw each others brains out (cause they are obviously uptight, and both without proper balance in thier lives) and free Bioware to get back to its roots and make meaningful games (if they still have it in them) away from EA influence forever.

    Maybe someone should note that most people complaining about EA and TOR here aren't homophobic in the slightest. They just don't like EA. I don't blame them.
    I've never seen a single homophobic rant against EA or Bioware. The closest I've seen is the very legitimate argument of how poorly gay romances are handled in the games which is, if anything, in defense of the BGLT community.
    I still don't even trust that the flood of anti-gay letters to EA is as bad as they make it out to be. And I certainly wouldn't expect it from gamers in any level of seriousness.

    Man, I was one of those people who contacted Kotaku about the spam and I don't appreciate being labeled as anti-gay. I don't agree with EA's business practices and I find the possibility that that EA may be hiding its practices behind this campaign, reprehensible. Just attack my character without speaking to me or asking me for my opinion, that's cool, kotaku.

    The amount of bias in this article, It’s over NINE THOUSAAAAAAAND!

    So which one is the 'girl' and which one is the 'guy' in a gay relationship? wah? wuhhh? cuz u see lady-like gays and then u see manly gays. Just like lesbos, manly lesbos and womanly lesbos...confused =D!! Where are you Gay Master??

    Am I the only one who takes issue to LGBT being a thing? As in, mashing together Homosexual, Bisexuals and Transgenders, when each is a completely different group, with separate social issues. I get that they're all "Non-Default Orientations", but putting them into one group seems kind of ignorant and exclusitory.

      I can see your point, but counter to that, is it wrong to call someone human or Asian?

      Not starting anything, just mentioning..

    Stormtrooper #1: "And she said, 'I don't date stormtroopers, you guys are all alike' and I was like 'Duh skank, we're clones!'"
    Stormtrooper #2: "Ha ha, and then what?"
    Stormtrooper #1: "Then she went home with a Wampa!"
    Stormtrooper #3: "Have you seen how they're hung?!"

    Also, I think it's time we stopped letting any group with the word "Family" from speaking out about stuff. Most of 'em are anti-gay and pro-being-outraged

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