Cummer banned from Xbox Live

Saturday, 24 May 2008 22:32 GMT By Patrick Garratt

This is going to run and run. Not content with banning the word “gay” in GamerTags, Microsoft has stopped a Mr Cummer from using his name on Xbox Live.

With all due respect, this is beyond parody.

“I wasn’t offended,” Cummer, a Canadian, told The Globe and Mail. “I understand the reasoning. I wasn’t trying to be offensive, but there are people more sensitive and much younger than I who are on Xbox Live. I think it’s reasonable.”

Nothing we can say would make any of this more ridiculous. It’s the modern age applying a 1984 filter to entertainment one sex-related surname at a time.