Russian MPs have filed an official complaint against EA and FIFA 17 with its state communications oversight committee, believing the popular football game to contain ‘gay propaganda’.
I’m just gonna go ahead and file that under ‘sentences I never thought I’d write’.
Back in November, EA began offering free rainbow coloured kits in support of the Rainbow Laces campaign, which was set up by the LGBT rights group Stonewall.
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) November 26, 2016
The aim of the campaign is to promote tolerance, and raise awareness of – and combat – homophobia and transphobia in sports.
The Russian newspaper Izvestia (as translated by The Guardian) reports that Russian MPs have contacted the Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications).
These MPs say that the game ‘invites users to support the English football premier league’s Rainbow Laces action, a massive campaign in support of LGBT’, and that EA’s support of the campaign is essentially ‘gay propaganda’.
It’s not. Obviously. It’s a campaign that’s supposed to promote tolerance and acceptance, but whatever. I guess it’s a good job Russia aren’t hosting the world cup anytime soon, can you even imag-
Oh. Well, I suppose 2018 will be an interesting year.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.