Microsoft has kicked off a controversial crackdown on 'gay' gamertags on Xbox Live, sparking uproar across the internet.
It started last week when Xbox Live user 'theGAYERgamer' reported that he'd had his gamertag banned, and been ordered to change it to something else.
"I talked to a supervisor [at Xbox Live], Roxy, who told me that she didn't personally find the fact that my gamer tag had gay in the name offensive, but that the greater Xbox community did, so I would have to change it," he told The Consumerist.
Hilariously, the crackdown has also extended beyond actual gay gamertags: UK Xbox Live user Richard Gaywood was banned after his tag, of the same name, was said to break XBL policy. We bet he got bullied at school.
After a barrage of complaints from the Gay and Lesbian Internet Alliance, Xbox Live team member Stephen Toulouse tried to explain the situation:
"We recieved a complaint on the Gamertag and determined that it did indeed contain sexual innuendo," he wrote on his blog.
"Now granted, there could be an argument that the text is not pejorative to homosexuality and should therefore be allowed. But there is no context to explain that. Gamertags are visible to everyone and it would be hard for me to defend to a parent of a young child who saw it that the name did not contain content of a sexual nature.
We're off to change our MansUK tag before Microsoft gets the wrong idea...