Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you're probably well aware that Overwatch is the hottest game of the year. The game has since become even hotter now that one of its most popular characters, Tracer, has come out of the closet in a recent tie-in comic.
Now in an ideal world, such news would elicit praise at best and a "meh" at worse. But since we live in a world where the Vice President elect believes that kids can have "teh gay" electrocuted out of them, we obviously don't live in such an ideal world.
As such, this news has unleashed a backlash of faux homophobic outrage, primarily from three groups:
The first group are butthurt fanboys whining about the reveal on Blizzard's forums because—eh, I have no idea why they're so butthurt—but you know they're probably a bunch of hypocrites who search for Rule 34 fan art of Tracer scissoring Widowmaker to rub off to.
The second group are feminist SJWs like Brianna Wu and Jonathan McIntosh, whom you'd assume would be happy about seeing more LGBT representation in video games, but are clearly too busy calling the waambulance over "muh male gaze!" and "muh objectification!"
The third, and most notorious, group are the Russians, whose government has blocked the comic. Why? Because they believe that Tracer will turn their children gay.
Of course I'm not making that up:
She’s gay, and it’s not a big deal. Or at least, it shouldn’t be, but Blizzard must deal with Russia’s new anti-LGBT laws, which prohibit what the country regards to be homosexual propaganda. As such, the comic is unavailable to Russian audiences...Good grief! Tracer's bodacious British booty can't catch a break. First feminist SJWs want it censored for being too big and beautiful for them to handle, and now the Ruskies want it censored to appease their closeted leader. (Before you say that was a low blow towards Putin, what else do you say about a politician who imposes homophobic laws while strutting about shirtless on horseback?)
Russia’s anti-LGBT law is supposedly designed for the “protection of children from information harmful to their health and development.” It criminalizes the “distribution of materials among minors in support of ‘non-traditional’ sexual relationships,” and was amended to an existing child protection law in 2013. Beyond media representations of homosexual relationships, the law also prohibits anyone from speaking in defense of LGBT rights, and displays such as the rainbow flag have resulted in arrests.
Earlier this month, Russian politicians campaigned to ban EA Sports’ FIFA 17 for featuring rainbow-colored shirts. Members of Parliament demanded the game’s code be altered to remove the offending content, or face a complete ban.
But Tracer doesn't need any sympathy. She's a badass like honey badger. Tracer don't care. Tracer don't give a s***! She just blows the homophobes away with her Pulse Pistols!
On a side note, here's a funny comic on the whole situation: