Manufactured outrage was turned up in unison yesterday evening as the right wing of the Internet became aware of the existence of an online 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! Destroy zombie Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Glenn Beck, the Koch Brothers, and many more!" The game is free to use here; design and playability are surprisingly slick. But none of that is of concern to partisans, who don't often get to use threats of violence and weapons-related outrage against the left. "I thought Liberals didn't like guns?" reads one comment on the game. Conservative blogs were not as gentle, even comparing the game to — you guessed it — Nazis.
The company behind the game, StarvingEyes, has clients including TLC and Hotels.com, but Jason Oda, the boss, told Media Research Center TV, "The game was just a personal project. I am not worried about it effecting [sic] business." (We've reached out to Oda with a few more questions and will update this post if we hear back.) Bloggers, on the other hand, are very worried about what this game means for America.
Zombies or not, the reality of the situation is that liberal Democrats don’t play by the same rules for society. ... 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.
It is pretty much impossible, at this point, to tell where the respectable left ends and the cesspool left begins; or, more accurately, whether a respectable left exists at all.
I can feel wave after wave of New Tone washing over me.
It’s the Left.
It strikes me as the modern equivalent of the propaganda hate films used to smear the Jews back in 1930s Europe. It also begs a question: Are liberals who stir up such hate against conservatives responsible for garbage like this?
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 does call to mind the infamous Sarah Palin target map, which included Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and the more recent Arizona Glock giveaway — the key difference, of course, being the complicitness of elected officials. Dumb and tasteless? Sure. But at least the game was not signed off on by a professional politician.
*This post has been corrected. Hot Air is not affiliated with Glenn Beck.