question of the day: Should playing World of Warcraft exclude someone from political office?
Um. What? From BBC News:
World of Warcraft hobby sparks US political row
The gaming hobby of a political candidate has become an issue in a state senate race in New England, US.
Maine Republicans have created a webpage revealing that Democrat candidate Colleen Lachowicz plays an orc rogue in World of Warcraft (WoW).
Ms Lachowicz’s liking for back-stabbing and poison in WoW raise questions about her “fitness for office”, they claim.
Ms Lachowicz has hit back saying the attack showed the Republicans were “out of touch”.
In a statement that accompanies the webpage, Maine Republicans said playing the game led Ms Lachowicz to live a “bizarre double life” that raised questions about her ability to represent the state.
The page also detailed some of the comments Ms Lachowicz has made while talking about her orc rogue, in particular it highlights her affection for Santiaga’s ability to stab things and kill people without suffering a jail sentence.
“These are some very bizarre and offensive comments,” said Maine Republican Party spokesman David Sorensen in a statement. “They certainly raise questions about Lachowicz’s maturity and her ability to make serious decisions for the people of Senate District 25.”
“I think it’s weird that I’m being targeted for playing online games,” said Ms Lachowicz in a statement. “Apparently I’m in good company since there are 183 million other Americans who also enjoy online games.
“Instead of talking about what they’re doing for Maine people, they’re making fun of me for playing video games,” said Ms Lachowicz.
That anti-Lachowicz site? It’s Colleen’s World, and it opens with this:
Colleen Lachowicz is a Democrat candidate for Maine State Senate. In Colleen’s online fantasy world, she gets away with crude, vicious and violent comments like the ones below. Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world.
Interestingly, the Republican brand of fantasy — such as that women can magically prevent pregnancy when raped and that climate change isn’t happening — is embraced as factual and actually has an impact on real people. But that’s okay. Making jokes about killing fake characters in a fantasy game? Dangerous.
Should playing World of Warcraft exclude someone from political office? How the hell did it come to this?
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