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Life: Fun for kids of all ages (but only one sexuality!)

by Jeremy Hooper

lifeThe reliably out there WorldNetDaily site is now lashing out against an online version of The Game of Life, because the the digitized version of the classic board game allows for players to start families with a pink or blue peg of the same-sex:

"You know how kids are," the mother told WND. "My daughter noticed right away (even before I did) and clicked on one of the girls instead of one of the men and then asked, 'Mom, how come I can marry a woman?' And then that led into a lot more questions that, quite frankly, I was not ready to talk to my 6-year-old about."
Game for 6-year-olds pushes same-sex marriage [WND]

It's ironic that they'd be mad, considering these social conservatives have been playing games with gay lives for decades. From childhood "smear the queer" matches to adult "fight for your basic rights" tournaments, their bored games have been boring us since we were wee little Candyland players. And now they're pissed because someone else's life game recognizes that gay folks are part of reality? So Sorry! if we scoff at their moral Monopoly matches, but they are Trivial Pursuits that simply Boggle the mind.

But if you think this one's bad, just wait until you see their forthcoming attacks on Clue, where they think Professor Plum is getting just a little too close to putting his lead pipe into Colonel Mustard's secret passage.

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Ha! The 'kid' is ready to talk, but Mom isn't ready, preferring to keep the kid ignorant

Posted by: John Ozed | Mar 16, 2009 9:14:49 AM

Heh. We actually play board games, including Life, with Norm's nieces and nephews. Last year I put two blues up from when I hit the Chapel space, and 7-year old niece laughed and asked me: "Why are you putting two boys there?" I told her it was like "Me and Uncle, only we're not married yet."

"Why not?" she asked me, unphased by the possibility.

"They won't let us yet, honey"

Her reply: "That's dumb. You're allllllways together."

Out of the mouths of babes . . .

Posted by: Jamie | Mar 16, 2009 9:34:38 AM

Those guys need to get some new material. Do they honestly believe that the minions are incapable of remembering the last time that they used the line, "Mommy, how can I marry a woman?" And, even if the minions can't, that just isn't a very compelling story for making their "argument".

I mean really, if they want to suggest that their kids can be made to question their sexuality because of a board game, then they have gone about it the wrong way. The proper (and much more interesting) way would be to have the angelic little darling say something like, "Wow, mommy! You were wrong! I CAN marry Amy instead of Andy! YOU LIED TO ME!"

Of course, no one ever accused the lying liars of being creative, or even interesting for that matter. That they recycle the same tired old rhetoric probably shouldn't surprise me as much as it does. Maybe I'm being to hard on the animatronic zombiesque wordsmiths of the radical religious right. After all, when religion requires you to check your brain at the door, that probably includes any creative inclinations as well.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Mar 16, 2009 10:04:53 AM

"WND followed the mother's example and played a game as "Jennifer," who chose to marry another woman. The course of the game eventually added four children to WND's lesbian couple."

Pure comedy.

Posted by: Tom | Mar 16, 2009 4:10:17 PM

As someone from another blog pointed out, the makers of LIFE must have been attempting to promote the homosexual agenda from the game's first appearance, considering that you could always have put two blue pegs in the car.

Posted by: Harrison | Mar 16, 2009 6:28:34 PM

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