Conservative bloggers have collectively flipped their you-know-what recently over the discovery of a Flash video game called Tea Party Zombies Must Die.
“DON’T GET TEA-BAGGED!” reads the game’s description. “The Tea Party zombies are walking the streets of America. Grab your weapons and bash their rotten brains to bits!” Using a variety of guns or a crowbar, players can take on undead likenesses of famous Tea Party conservatives and Fox News pundits like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck. Other zombies featured in the game include the “Expresses Racist Views Anonymously on the Internet Modern Klan Zombie,” the “Generic Pissed Off Old White Guy Zombie,” and the “Koch Industries Climate Change Denial Toxic Zombie.”
Needless to say, conservatives all over the Internet have strong, politcally-charged opinions about the game.
“Zombies or not, the reality of the situation is that liberal Democrats don’t play by the same rules for society,” writes Sonoran Alliance. “Yes, it is free expression protected under the Constitution and conservatives should defend it with every ounce of energy. But Wow! Is it ever in bad taste and dripping with hypocrisy.”
“The video game…is meant to amuse the folks who keep preaching sanctimoniously about how conservatives could be encouraging maniacs with uncivil discourse and violent rhetoric,” says Moonbattery. “The irony of depicting those who believe in individual liberty rather than universal absorption into a collectivist horde as zombies will sail over the heads of the intended audience.”
“It strikes me as the modern equivalent of the propaganda hate films used to smear the Jews back in 1930s Europe,” writes Pajamas Media. “It also begs a question: Are liberals who stir up such hate against conservatives responsible for garbage like this?”
Hot Air, meanwhile, is not quite as upset about the game. “I tried to get worked up about it, truly, knowing full well there’d be urine puddles on the floor all over Media Matters HQ had some conservative programmer done a version of this involving union leaders or whatever. But then I saw the Fox News/Glenn Beck zombies. It’s simply too silly to be threatening.”
The game’s creator, Jason Oda of Starvingeyes Advergaming, is no stranger to political satire. In 2008, he created Kung-Fu Election, a title that let players pit political figures against each other Mortal Kombat style. Tea Party Zombies Must Die is a personal project, he recently said to Media Research Center TV, and he isn’t worried about it effecting his business, which includes clients like Konami, Red Bull, Sears and NASCAR.
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