Video Gamer Faces 'Fort Gay' Discrimination

09.08.10 7 years ago 7 Comments

Weird story coming out of West Virginia that doesn’t involve the mining industry: a 26-year-old living in the booming metropolis of Fort Gay, West Virginia had his XBox Live account suspended after entering his hometown into his gamer profile. Josh Moore (not pictured) took one in the rear after his hometown’s name was mistook for a pejorative against homosexuals.

“At first I thought, ‘Wow, somebody’s thinking I live in the gayest town in West Virginia or something.’ I was mad. … It makes me feel like they hate gay people,” said Moore, an unemployed factory worker who plays shooters like Medal of Honor, Call of Duty and Ghost Recon under the gamertag Joshanboo.

“I’m not even gay, and it makes me feel like they were discriminating,” said Moore, who missed a key Search and Destroy competition because of last week’s brief suspension. His team lost. –CBS News, via Kotaku.

Man, there was so much riding on that Search and Destroy competition, too. Like a job offer, I’m sure. That said, this is an NFL-ish overreaction to the word “gay.” Maybe I’m not thinking of the children, but I don’t understand why even using that word in jest is such a big deal.

Even after begging the CSR to Google the town’s ZIP code — 25514 — Moore couldn’t get anywhere, which sounds about right. Customer service people are trained make people angry. They’re really the gayest people ever.

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