“Microsoft Suspends Xbox Gamer For Living in Fort Gay”

So reports PC World (heh); the headline is a bit of an exaggeration, but apparently not much:

The 26-year-old simply typed in the name of his city [Fort Gay, WV], but was subsequently accused of violating Microsoft’s LIVE Code of Conduct. Among other things, the code stipulates that you shouldn’t “create a gamertag, profile content, or in-game content that other users may be offended by, this includes comments that look, sound like, stand for, hint at, abbreviate, or insinuate any of the following: profane words/phrases, topics or content of a sexual nature, hate speech (including but not limited to racial, ethnic, or religious slurs), illegal drugs/controlled substances, or illegal activities.”

Apparently someone spied Moore’s city name, was offended (or assumed Moore was trying to offend), and reported it to Microsoft….

The town’s mayor David Thompson got involved, but was reportedly told by Microsoft that the veracity of the city’s name didn’t matter, and that the word “gay” was inappropriate regardless….

But a few days later, Microsoft backed down.