Several people have become upset over the Romance DLC survey results, especially the Cure Kepral’s syndrome question outcome.
If we were to assume that all or most Thanemancers (20%) answered ‘Yes’ to that question, then only 2.8% of non-Thanemancers did so as well.
Due to the high amount of people who answered that Garrus was the character they romanced (58.7%), and a staggering 76.7% of total respondents either answered “No" "Did not romance" or skipped the question altogether, some people have taken up pinning the blame of these results on Garrusmancers, which has in turn upset many of them.
I don’t think putting the blame on them is correct. I understand the frustration that stems from constantly being treated like dirt by other ME players who do not fully understand the Thane situation and by Bioware themselves, and the fact that these results are a blow to the campaign and will likely be used against us. However the one who is to blame for this whole situation is Bioware, and while they were acting in good faith, the people who were conducting the survey. I don’t believe “Did not romance" should have been an option on the question in the first place, as it implies that it is only directed towards players who romanced Thane.
Do Garrusmancers who are hostile towards or genuinely don’t care about Thane and the people who romanced him exist? Yes. Are there Garrusmancers who answered “No” in selfishness and hope that it would allow Bioware to spend more time and resources on Garrus content in future DLC instead of doing anything to fix Thane’s horrible treatment? Yes. Are there Garrusmancers out there who are willing to overlook the blatant sexism and shafting Femshep underwent in ME3 because they lucked out by choosing one of the measly two heterosexual options that were not completely destroyed by Bioware? Yes.
However, is this behavior exclusive to people who romanced Garrus? Not one bit. In fact, I find that they have been the group of players who tend to support and sympathize with us the most. The results of this survey are not the entire ‘fault’ of one particular group, but also of people who romanced Liara, Tali, Kaidan, Ashley, and other characters.
If you were part of the 2.8% of people who did not romance Thane, yet still answered “Yes" to that question out of consideration for Thanemancers or simply out of love for the character, I sincerely thank you. I encourage you to continue to help this campaign on Facebook, Twitter and BSN and through expressing your opinion in as many places and as often as possible. Thane and Femshep deserve better!