“The people are being attacked by mindless creatures with no soul and a dark agenda. They’ve already taken over our media and political campaigns, and it’s up to us to stop these Tea Party zombies spreading their infection any further.” *
No, the revolution has not befallen us, but a new online video game called “Tea Party Zombies Must Die” has. The advergame by StarvingEyes allows players to slaughter right wing “zombies” on the attack with their choice of pistol, crowbar or semi-automatic. Gruesome versions of Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Glenn Beck, the usual suspects at Fox news (Hannity, O’Reilly & Hume) and more are presented as mindless salivating monsters in a graphic kill or be killed scenario – à la Resident Evil.
Generic and lesser known conservatives are featured in the game such as the Koch Brothers, “Modern Klan Zombie”, “Generic Pissed off White Guy”, “Pissed off White Trash Redneck Birther Zombie”, and the Blond Fox News Barbie who’s never had a problem in her life Zombie.”
Jason Oda, the game’s developer told the Media Research Center that he’s not concerned about the conservative backlash of the game. As a matter of fact, he developed a similar one in 2004 that starred the members the Bush Administration as the ghouls.
Many conservatives have expressed outrage and concern for the safety of Tea Party members, and other’s like Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center using it as a polarization tactic: “The liberal media have been preaching for years that conservatives are the ones who invoke violent imagery and rhetoric. Yet in the space of two days, the radical, pro-Obama left calls us ‘son-of-a-b-‘ and says they want to ‘take us out.’ And they follow that with a hideously violent game where they do just that — depicting ways of shooting prominent conservatives, presidential candidates and journalists. The news media would be in an uproar if violence had been incited against liberals. Their silence disgusts me.”
Perhaps the silence exists because there’s simply nothing to say. It is a game after all – right? However, for a faction that has drawn this much contempt from the public, encouraging vicarious annihilation these of figures (even in the name of fun) seems to tread an awfully thin line. Guess it’s a good thing that packing heat is one of the Tea Party commandments.