When EA Sports announced that FIFA 16 would feature a woman soccer star on the cover some commentators were worried about what that would mean for future male soccer stars and the series going forward.
“I fear that we might lose some wonderful soccer players,” said Brandon Philpot, a sports journalist for Soccerball.net. “If I didn’t think I could get on the cover of an EA game, I might not try as hard.”
Philpot was worried that if we, as a society, accepted a woman soccer player on the cover of our video games that anything would be considered fair game.
“I just think it’s a slippery slope. If we allow women, then what’s next, multiple women? Brothers and sisters? Animals?”
Well, Philpot’s biggest fears might just be warranted. According to a press release from EA Sports, the cover for the next installment in the FIFA series will have a dog on the cover.
“We are really excited to have Muttins on the cover of FIFA 17,” said Andrew Wilson, the CEO of EA. “He represents an under appreciated segment of soccer and we are happy to shine a light on this great sport.”
Philpot has been expressing his disgust with EA over Twitter and Facebook.
“I told y’all! I just can’t believe it,” said Philpot, in a recent tweet. He completed his thought on Facebook:
“I knew this was going to happen. We gotta a DOG on the cover now! It’s like the whole world just doesn’t see it. They even skipped over brothers and sisters and went straight to animals!! This is truly disgusting.”
FIFA fans have mostly applauded the decision on Twitter and even some comedians are parodying Philpot’s rants.
“A dog on the cover of a video game? What’s next two dogs? Three dogs? A third grouping of canines?” said Andy Kindler, a comedian and famous Twitter debater.
FIFA 16 is planned for a September 22, 2015 release date and will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows and anything else EA can shove some code into.