Last year, the Consumerist awarded Electronic Arts its Worst Company in America award and this year the video game giant looks on the verge of a repeat victory. But according to COO Peter Moore, the company’s support for LGBT rights makes it an unfair target.
In the past year, we have received thousands of emails and postcards protesting against EA for allowing players to create LGBT characters in our games. This week, we’re seeing posts on conservative web sites urging people to protest our LGBT policy by voting EA the Worst Company in America…If that’s what makes us the worst company, bring it on. Because we’re not caving on that.
According to the Consumerist, however, Moore can put the gay card back in the deck:
EA received hundreds of nominations from Consumerist readers this year, by far the most of any contender in the bracket, but not a single one mentioned anything about sexual orientation. Consumerist does not condone homophobia or hate speech of any kind, and our readers understand the Worst Company contest and nominate businesses based on their merits.
The Consumerist contends that EA’s dubious distinction has more to do with its shady business practices than consenting to C3PO’s and R2D2′s homoerobotic affection — but what do you think?