WTF?! Kojima Productions is contemplating taking authorized motion after a narrative claiming its founder, online game legend Hideo Kojima, was the murderer of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The nation’s longest-serving PM was shot twice on Friday whereas giving a marketing campaign speech. He died after being rushed to the hospital. The shooter was later recognized as 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami.
As reported by PC Gamer, claims that Kojima was liable for the capturing originated on 4chan’s /pol/ politically incorrect board after a person posted a picture suggesting the Metal Gear Solid creator was the perpetrator. Another person then posted footage of Kojima carrying a Russian fur hat, standing subsequent to a photograph of Che Guevara, and considered one of him holding a Guevara bag and carrying a Joker T-Shirt.
That may need been the tip of it, however French comic Georges Jordito tweeted the pictures as a part of a satirical put up. It was meant as a joke, however far-right French politician Damien Rieu seemingly thought it was critical and tweeted the photographs with textual content that translated to “The far-left kills.” Greek and Iranian information retailers then used the pictures of their protection of the assassination.
Bravo pour ta connerie en tout cas, Damien doit être content material 🤣 pic.twitter.com/sTRavBF682
— AntoineD (@AntoinoD_) July 8, 2022
Rieu later apologized with a tweet that learn, “I naively took a joke for info. I did not assume folks would make jokes concerning the assassination of a person however I used to be fallacious to not confirm earlier than sharing. My apologies to Hideo Kojima and to the followers of Metal Gear.”
#KojimaProductions strongly condemns the unfold of faux information and rumors that convey false info. We don’t tolerate such libel and can take into account taking authorized motion in some circumstances. pic.twitter.com/fDi0FR9kB0
— KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (Eng) (@KojiPro2015_EN) July 9, 2022
The Greek and Iranian information retailers have since eliminated/corrected experiences that included the pictures of Kojima. Kojima Productions responded to the false claims with a tweet that reads: “#KojimaProductions strongly condemns the unfold of faux information and rumors that convey false info. We don’t tolerate such libel and can take into account taking authorized motion in some circumstances.” It by no means stated who would possibly face the wrath of its authorized workforce, however regardless of his apology, Rieu might be sweating proper now.