Homophobia in video gaming is such a growing concern, GLAAD put on its frowny face and launched an effort to combat it! They’re even getting gaming blogs of the non-gay-specific variety to talk about their cause. So GLAAD must be thrilled to learn an online game that has players shooting homos (before the homos rape the player) has been yanked offline. Without GLAAD even noticing!
Watch out behind you, hunter!, hosted on the entertainment site Uzinagaz (based in Georgia, the country), has been entertaining players since 2002, arming them with virtual guns to hunt down the fags running nude through the forest and blow bullets through their heads. If players don’t murder the homos quick enough, the naked gays “tag” the players, raping them. And it’s shown on screen!
What’s not to love?
But caving to pressure from a gay advocacy group, Uzinagaz has removed the game from its site, but not before the owners acknowledged: “Our games are not politically correct. They’re aimed at teenagers (12-18) and it’s true that they’re of a juvenile humour. I realise now that this one in particularly could be found shocking, but I believe that you should be able to make this kind of joke in the name of freedom of speech. Incidentally, not everyone in the gay community was supportive of banning the game.”
And here’s the rub: It wasn’t GLAAD that pressured the site into pulling the game, but the group Gay Armenia. GLAAD’s blog has yet to mention what’s arguably the first major milestone in fighting homophobia online since it took up the cause … that it had no part in.