Yes… The popular football video game could be banned in Russia because it’s ‘too gay’.
Another year, another FIFA game. Strikingly similar to the last one, but with some slightly improved graphics, newly updated names and tables and a rather fetching rainbow uniform.
That last addition has caused Russian MPs to get hot under the collar, accusing the popular football game of ‘gay propaganda’.
The rainbow kit was introduced by developers EA Sports as part of their support for LGBT charity Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign – an initiative tasked with kicking homophobia out of all forms of sport.
Players are able to claim a free rainbow kit to show their support for the campaign in-game. It can be used in both the single player campaign and multiplayer matches.
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) November 26, 2016
Communist MPs sent a letter to the communications oversight and state consumer protection agencies complaining about the kit and accusing the game of violating the country’s strict ‘anti-gay propaganda’ laws, report the Guardian
Communist MP Valery Rashkin told the newspaper Izvestia that EA should “introduce changes to the programming code or the age classification of this information product, and if it refuses, adopt corresponding restrictive measures.”
While United Russia MP Irina Rodnina, told the paper that the government needed to “verify the possibility of distributing this game on the territory of the Russian Federation”.
“Every state has its internal laws and order; they need to be obeyed,” she said.
Earlier this year, media watchdog for the Russian government, Roskomnadzor, shut down a website providing help and support to LGBT young people, claiming it was promoting “non-traditional relationships” to children.
Deti-404, [Children-404], went dark in October after being blacklisted by the watchdog.
A message on Deti-404’s page reads: “Our society assumes that LGBT children don’t exist, as if gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people are flying in from Mars already grown up.”
Upon hearing the news, deputy director of the digital team at Human Rights Watch, Jim Murphy, tweeted: “Deti 404 offers LGBT children a safe space – deplorable law robs them of access.”