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Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:36 PM

Tea Party Facebook Group Posts BioShock Image Satirizing Tea Party



The National Liberty Foundation is a Florida-based group of radical conservatives associated with the right-wing group that calls themselves the Tea Party. They use their Facebook to post lots of right-wing meme images and racist links.

Yesterday, they posted the above image, which looks a whole lot like an anti-immigrant cartoon. Well, it is an anti-immigrant cartoon—it's just from the video game BioShock Infinite, where it's used as propaganda for the Founders, a jingoistic, xenophobic group that runs the floating city of Columbia. They're the video game equivalent of the Tea Party, and they're portrayed as a nasty group of racist white men.

In other words, this Tea Party group just Facebooked an image meant to satirize the Tea Party.

http://kotaku.com/tea-party-facebook-group-posts-bioshock-image-satirizin-1483821325

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Reply Tea Party Facebook Group Posts BioShock Image Satirizing Tea Party (Original post)
meegbear Dec 2013 OP
zappaman Dec 2013 #1
dionysus Dec 2013 #26
politichew Dec 2013 #2
Bjorn Against Dec 2013 #3
Hong Kong Cavalier Dec 2013 #12
MrScorpio Dec 2013 #4
Wait Wut Dec 2013 #5
NutmegYankee Dec 2013 #6
Katashi_itto Dec 2013 #7
sakabatou Dec 2013 #21
AtheistCrusader Dec 2013 #22
Baitball Blogger Dec 2013 #8
arcane1 Dec 2013 #11
awoke_in_2003 Dec 2013 #13
Dash87 Dec 2013 #9
Hong Kong Cavalier Dec 2013 #10
ck4829 Dec 2013 #14
Chakaconcarne Dec 2013 #15
DonCoquixote Dec 2013 #18
DonCoquixote Dec 2013 #16
NastyRiffraff Dec 2013 #17
AtheistCrusader Dec 2013 #19
sakabatou Dec 2013 #20
PennyK Dec 2013 #23
R Merm Dec 2013 #24
joeybee12 Dec 2013 #25
Ganja Ninja Dec 2013 #27
stage left Dec 2013 #28

Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:38 PM

1. HAHAHAHAA

Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.
-Frank Zappa

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Response to zappaman (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:36 PM

26. if only we had a crack investigative journalist who could get to the bottom of this farce...

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:42 PM

2. LOL...

 

This idolatry of our founding fathers seems pretty sinful.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:43 PM

3. And the entire plot of the first Bioshock game...

Revolved around a society that attempted to live by the ideals of Ayn Rand and it lead to absolute disaster. It is pretty clear the writers of that series are no fans of Teabaggers ideology.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 01:14 PM

12. Oops. Beat me to it!

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:47 PM

4. Well, to be honest...

No one who could tell shit from shinola has ever accused the Teabaggerati of being particularly smart.

A move like this should be all too obvious.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:52 PM

5. Priceless!

I just finished Bioshock II and have Bioshock Infinite on my wish list. Now I want it even more!

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:58 PM

6. It's an awesome game.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 01:01 PM

7. You'll love it, it's seriously subversive in it's own way.

 

Nothing more terrifiying than a giantantic roboting George Washington Bristling flags and blazing away at you with gattling guns all to patriotic music.

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:11 PM

21. Good news: you can pick up the gun and use it on other robots (and people).

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:12 PM

22. Fallout has some hilariously over the top shit too. Like LIBERTY PRIME....

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 01:03 PM

8. Conservatives don't get satire.

I'm surprised they haven't made Stephen Colbert their leader.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 01:13 PM

11. Indeed, they barely even get humor.

 

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 02:28 PM

13. I remember when Colbert

 

was invited to speak at one of Bush's press functions. They don't get it at all.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 01:09 PM

9. *facepalm*

The stupid literally burns with this one

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 01:11 PM

10. There's idiots who think that the original Bioshock is some homage to Ayn Rand.

It's Ayn Rand's philosophy run to its logical conclusion. That's why Rapture is a mess.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 02:45 PM

14. This is why satire and parody are some of the best tools against the far right

Perfect. K&R.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 02:58 PM

15. I don't get that it's satire....

I don't play the game or know anything about it. If I were a tea party ideologue, I might be saying "right on". How are they supposed to know whether it's satire or not? Furthermore, how do WE know it's satire? If I were the developer, I could conceivably call it satire or not depending who asked. Just sayin'.

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Response to Chakaconcarne (Reply #15)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:01 PM

18. If you played the game

It becoems very clear they are the bad guys, as you wind up having to stop or clean up the atrocities they do. No spoilers about the ending, but the sacrficie that is done at the end to stop Columbia left even jaded gamers crying for weeks, myself most certainly included. The game has a very nasty, very pitiless eye towards the villains, and deservedly so.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 02:59 PM

16. In Bioshock Infinite

You find this city called "Columbia" which is a huge fraud founded by a person that lied about his miltary heroism, and the fact he had mixed heritage himself. He is not only a racist, but is a tool of bankers and robber barons. The robber Baron in that game (Jeremiah Fink, who spouts his own Ayn Rand Gibber over loudspeakers) MOCKS the piety and patriotism of the founder. Add to the fact he kills his wife, imprisons, tortures and brainwashes his daughter, and you have the sort of person that could easily make Fox News nightime cast.

Of course, the Fox people would play this game and omit the fact the foudners were the BAD GUYS, despiter the fact one of the first scenes is a scene where they try to kill the main character and an interracial couple at a county fair.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:00 PM

17. OMG that's funny!

I know absolutely nothing about BioShock but it was immediately obvious to me that this was satire.

As many people have said, Teabaggers just don't get satire, parody or humor in general.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:08 PM

19. I guess this might be one issue that differentiates between libertarians and objectivists or teabagg

ers.

Big-L libertarians seem to like open borders, where teabaggers are xenophobic isolationists that would re-create the berlin wall on our southern border in like 10 minutes, given half a chance. (and ask for federal funds to pay for it...)

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:08 PM

20. XD

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:21 PM

23. The game's creator, Ken Levine, finds it all hilarious

I played the game and loved what he did with the politics of America back in that jingoistic time. And although the rebel uprising does turn out poorly, there are elements of the Occupy movement incorporated.
On another note, go look up "songs in Bioshock" on Youtube and see what they did with modern pop tunes...rearranged in various styles of the time of the game. Brilliant! The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" performed by a barbershop quartet and others equally wonderous.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:24 PM

24. Some people get the joke, and some are the joke. eom

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:25 PM

25. It's also Sarah Palin's Christmas Card for 2013...nt

 

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:37 PM

27. They just completely lack the gene for perceiving irony.

It bounces off of them like bullets off Superman.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:40 PM

28. I am sorely tempted to post this on my face book page.

It might be fun to see how many likes it gets from my overwhelmingly right wing acquaintance. Even better would be my sister's face book page. She lives in Pickens. If you know upstate SC, you know what that means. By comparison Greenville County is a Mecca of liberal thought.

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