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.
We all know who fantasizes and encourages violence. If it’s not just a guy in Obama’s neighborhood it’s a guy introducing Obama or unions or disturbing stuff like this …
Hot Air, meanwhile, had a harder time getting upset:*
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.