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…