BBC has corrected Newsbeat article that claimed Purgatory in Mass Effect 3 is a “gay bar”

I am pleased with this outcome.

In amongst all the reporting on EA not backing down over the portrayal of homosexuality in games that it publishes, Radio 1’s Newsbeat put up an article on what EA were doing. However, the original article referred to the fictional bar of Purgatory in Mass Effect 3 as a “gay bar”.

Having had this issue first drawn to my attention on Twitter, I spent part of my lunch break on Tuesday last week complaining about the inaccuracy, explaining why they were wrong and asking them to correct it. Today I got an email back saying that they’d corrected the statement about Purgatory. Below is my initial complaint, followed by the BBC’s response.

My complaint:

Subject: Details regarding EA campaign for Mass Effect 3

Full Complaint: An article incorrectly refered to the fictional bar of Purgatory in the videogame Mass Effect 3 as a “gay bar”. Had the author of the article done a tad more research they would have found that it isn’t a gay bar, it’s just a bar, a bar that straight, bi or gay characters can go to. Article can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/17661888

The response:

Dear Ms King – regarding the Newsbeat online article about Mass Effect 3 – published Tuesday 10 April – we accept your point about the bar.

The write-up has been amended accordingly.

Thank you for getting in touch. We always appreciate feedback from people who take the time to read, watch or listen to what we do,

Yours sincerely,

Debbie

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Debbie is a Duty Editor for Newsbeat.

I know I complain a great deal in general about things, but sometimes it really is worth doing.

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