Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda on Facebook Page

December 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Florida-based political group The National Liberty Foundation is catching some heat this morning for posting anti-immigration propaganda from Bioshock Infinite, a game that puts such forms of thinking under a microscope by focusing on an isolated society, its leader and the movement that wants to keep "America pure." The group describes itself as a conservative coalition made up of citizens that identify themselves as part of the Tea Party movement.

According to the Facebook page where the Bioshock Infinite propaganda appeared, the NLF wants to keep the government focused on "the importance of free enterprise, limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual liberty and American heritage." The image in question (found to your left) features President George Washington and the slogan, "It is our holy duty to guard against the foreign hordes."

As of this writing the post in question has garnered 355 comments, most of which are (to put it politely) derogatory towards the group in question. Go figure. Of course, maybe they would have rethought this whole idea of using someone else's propaganda if they had actually played the game. It's pretty apparent that they didn't or they'd know that the propaganda they are citing was designed to be intentionally xenophobic and racist. I mean, who embraces a group within a game that deifies murderer John Wilkes Booth while avoiding honoring one of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln?

Thanks to everyone in the Shoutbox who pointed this out.

2K Games and Irrational have not publicly commented on this story, though one would expect that at some point today it will probably ask the group to remove the copyrighted image from its Facebook page...

Source: Polygon

 

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Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

But don't you DARE call them racist!

Seriously, what do you think their reaction will be when they get the "please take this image down" message from 2K will be?

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Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

Yes. Because one fringe element of the Tea Party used a xenophobic satirical ad from a video game, the entire movement consists of racist pigs. That is how it always is. You can paint all broad groups by the color of their fringe elements. That is why all gamers are homophobic racist 10 year-olds.

Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

I always thought that the Tea Party IS the fringe element. I'm sure that not ALL of them are xenophobic racists battling the "Other" America for their cruel free market version of Jesus, but I would not be surprised if 80%+ are. =\

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Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

On the other hand, guessing that this particular subgroup within the party would probably get flustered if you called them racist would not be too out of line since it is a recurring theme with these fringe groups.

Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

It's hard to not paint them with the same broad brush when they try so hard to be unlikable.

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Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

How is the image in any way racist?  It is in fact rejecting ALL people groups outside of America without bias, not just specific ethnicities.

Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

Yeah, technically the slogan by it's self is more xenophobic, but the charactures are racist though.

Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

Racist how? it's not singling out any one group, it's just exactly what you said caricatures.  The image itself is making fun of all races... including the one prominently displayed in the center.  I don't understand how someone can take this as racist. 

Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

Caricatures/cartoons are inherently " 'ist " by todays PC standards.


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Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

It should be pointed out that former Rand Paul staffer, Jack Hunter aka The Southern Avenger, said he toasts John Wilkes Booth each year.

Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

Keep America pure? Seriously?

Everyone except the Native Americans better GTFO then, I guess.

Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

Technically so should the native Americans then too since the ones that were here when Europeans arrived were the second wave of people, not the first.

Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

There's also the argument that, as land, America will never be pure. It's been altered, polluted, and warped to fill our needs. To the point where we import food from other countries to meet our growing population.

 

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Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

We don't import food because our land is polluted or unable to provide for our population. We import food because as a nation, we generally consume a much more varied diet than our climate can deliver.

We export more food than we import, 9 of our top 20 exports are foods or food byproducts, including 6 of the top 10 and the top three (vegetables, sugar, alcohol). In addition, there's another several non-food agricultural products in there (oil seeds at number 7).

We produce enough corn, wheat, beef, pork, poultry, and cold to subtropical salt water fish to meet all our needs, we produce enough salt and sugar to keep it fresh and tasty, and enough vegetables to keep our diets nutritionally rounded. Vastly less varied than it is in practice, but still rounded and healthy.

What we import is the likes of rice, bananas, pineapples, coffee, cocoa. Things we eat quite a bit of, which are major parts of our diets, but which we have very limited land with a climate capable of producing. We eat an impossibly varied diet that requires the climates of at least three continents to cover, we've assimilated ethnic cuisine to the point that an "American food" restaurant will without irony put kung pao chicken, quesedillas, spaghetti, and hummus on the same page of the menu as hamburgers and coney dogs.

Re: Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda ...

There's also the argument that, as land, America will never be pure. It's been altered, polluted, and warped to fill our needs.

In other words, it has been exposed to human development at some point following the invention of agriculture.

 
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