Inclusion of South Park Video Game at Gay Gaming Convention Stirs Up Anger

By Kyle Foley | 12:21 pm, October 3, 2016

GaymerX,  the annual convention aimed at LGBT gamers, has always been a proud safe space, even inviting the much-maligned Anita Sarkeesian to its third convention.

This year, the founder, Matt Conn, departed from the safe space script and invited the latest game in the South Park franchise— and it led to some loud hyperventilating among attendees.

Nora Reed, an outspoken and often enraged internet social justice warrior, claims that the inclusion of the new South Park game at the convention in Santa Clara, Calif., this past weekend was anti-diversity.

The game takes place after the events of the previous game, The Stick of Truth, and involves “role-playing superheroes.” Its release has been pushed back until early next year—and further details about the game are still unknown. But some gamers like Nora are already upset at what they perceive the game to be.

She goes on quite a long rant about how queers who embrace games like The Fractured But Whole have reached “peak assimilationist” and that trans people are a victim here.

For people who aren’t familiar with South Park, the show has reached enormous popularity by making fun of literally anything and anyone. The show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have never held back when it comes to satirizing whatever issue is popular at the time. Most recently, they have hit out at the 2016 election in a hysterical way.

It’s hard to get offended at South Park, but many people just can’t take a joke. It’s the need to be perpetually offended that ends up ruining comedy altogether. Reed was actually pressed on this and responded with a bot that asks “assholes” to pay her to read their tweets.

Reed, who is behind several Twitter bots (including ThinkPieceBot) and has actively fought Gamergate and other people, like Minecraft’s Notch, on Twitter, is definitely the exception to the rule when it comes to South Park. A large majority of people that have watched the show understand that it seeks to push the envelope in a way that doesn’t actually harm people. The show is not some mechanism of systemic LGBT oppression, but try to convince Reed of that.

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