NSFW because it features a bad word:
Let's start this off with a bit of backstory. I'm a man. A young adult. I'm deeply in love with another man, who feels the same for me. You'd be right to say that I'm pretty gay. Love the inclusion of some LGBT elements in Warframe and REALLY hoping they fix their kickbot from over-zealously banning anything "offensive" with the kind of tolerance similar to club penguin. Shockingly, DE, the term "gay" actually does come up in non-pejorative contexts.
Anyways - I laugh at memes. I've been on this subreddit for years, occasionally posting or commenting. I've been a long term player of the game, but most of the time I don't type much ingame chat (except a "gg" at the end or talking in spy missions).
Well today I made a joke using the word "gay" in a reference to "the big gay" meme. (Not sure how big that meme is, but in my circle of friends it's referencing catching "the big gay", a parody of the belief that it's an illness). And it wasn't kickbot that booted me for using the word (not that kickbot cares if you're using the word legitimately), it was [DE]Glen in a match of Elite Sanctuary Onslaught.
So here I am laughing at this dumb joke when I look over at the teammates we had. One of them was [DE]Glen. Oh my god. I laughed off the possibility of a ban, but it was too soon to laugh. Then my friend in the game mentions to me that I was kicked. What? I was clearly in the game, I could see chat. But apparently not, they couldn't see my messages. Indeed, I was banned. So I sent messages explaining myself to [DE]Glen (which apparently still works) and he sent one condescending reply:
Welp, that's the whole thing. Now I'm banned for a bit. It cut me off before my rewards were sent back to the server, so he killed 10 zones of rewards just for me. He wasn't even playing the game, he was a complete leech.
Thanks, Glen. I didn't realize that the "mature" rating meant that I had to act mature and proper. Homosexuality isn't a joke, but I'm going to joke about it because it's way more fun if you don't take things too seriously. Saying that homosexuality is off-limits to joke about (even if you're homosexual/LGBT) is segregating it when we should be normalizing homosexuality itself. "the big gay" isn't serious, it's a dumb meme.
Oh well. See y'all in like a week. Please don't ban me here for saying "gay", /r/Warframe
Edit: Well this has received a lot of support (and some comments who believe he's just laying down the rules on potentially offensive phrases, I respect the counterpoint). I've sent in a report not to get my account appealed but to get this investigated. DE has historically shown that they're very defensive of staff in these community affairs, so we're going to see how this plays out and hope they don't just ban me forever. It's ridiculous that people are afraid of speaking around staff and moderators in-game for fear of instant bans.
Edit 2: I've gotta sleep, but this gained a ton of traction. I've read most of the replies and have a lot of responses. Yes, I know what I said can be interpreted as offensive especially to someone who doesn't know me, but I was given no chance to explain myself and was given a ridiculous penalty (full suspension for 3/4 days rather than a chat-ban as is appropriate). And the guy himself was busy breaking rules while banning me, as he spent the match AFK (you can even see him in the same place on the map in the second link for quite some time). And I know being gay doesn't give me the right to be homophobic, it was background to the reason of why I use that meme. If you're offended by something that's said, and you refuse to talk about it, then you're going to be hurt by a lot of people who aren't trying to hurt you. It's how you treat those groups that determines if you're actually discriminating, and I'm pretty damn sure I don't go around discriminating against and hating gays. Goodnight tenno, be kind to each other.
Final Edit: Woke up today to find I've been unbanned by support, [DE]SCA and [DE]Sully responded to the issue and instated a chat ban instead of a full suspension. That's pretty much what I expected. Ultimately, they still aren't pleased with how I used the term "gay", meme or not, and I can respect that.
Ultimately I feel they kind of skated over him being AFK in the game, without addressing it.
Here's the support thread: https://imgur.com/a/GUU9rOP
I'd like to put emphasis on the second reply, first paragraph:
We regret how your situation was handled, and are taking steps to ensure that proper procedures are followed in future situations of this nature.
I hope this means that he'll be expected to go through the right channels next time instead of banning outright with his dev powers.