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Charlie Brooker and Stephen Fry support EA in anti-gay row

10/04/2012 - 10:35am GMT

Lovable grumpy pundit Charlie Brooker and future UK king Stephen Fry have joined a throng of voices speaking in support of EA for defending same-sex relationships in their games.

Last week EA defended itself after receiving thousands of letters from religious groups in the US offended by EA's use of homosexual relationships in Mass Effect 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Dragon Age II.

"The overwhelming number of players on Star Wars games is children who do not need to be forced as a captured audience to participate in homosexual content" said one letter.

"Every one of EA's games includes ESRB content descriptors so it's hard to believe anyone is surprised by the content. This isn't about protecting children, it's about political harassment," retorted EA corporation communications VP Jeff Brown to GamesIndustry.

Over 40,000 people have subsequently joined an online petition in support of the publisher's stance, including Fry and Brooker.

"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," said Fry on Twitter.

Brooker's language was a bit more colourful. "Good for @EA for telling the homophobes to f*** off," he said.

"They should make *every* character in their games gay for a year just to wind up the bigots. Starting with the FIFA franchise," he added.