Reality Becomes BioShock: FOX Illustrates News of Extreme Anti-Immigrant Movement with Art from Game About Extreme Anti-Immigrant Movement
Yesterday, anti-immigrant protesters converged on a California town waving American flags and chanting “USA! USA!” in order to block buses containing hundreds of immigrant families from entering a Border Patrol processing center. To illustrate this news story about anti-immigrant protesters, FOX News ironically used this image of the Statue of Liberty:
But that wasn't just ironic because the Statue of Liberty actually symbolizes how America welcomes immigrants. To make the irony even more keen, the "Defending the Homeland" sign beneath Liberty is a knockoff of BioShock Infinite logo:
... and BioShock Infinite, as we've written about before, is a game set in an alternate history in which extremist anti-immigrants try to keep America free from anyone who's not white and Christian. And so art from that game is now being used to illustrate a movement of actual extremist anti-immigrants actually trying to keep America free from anyone who's not white and Christian. And unless there's a brilliant subversive in FOX's art department, the media outlet which supports the anti-immigrant group doesn't even know how much virtual reality is invading into FOX News' own version of alternate reality.
Hat tip: Little Green Footballs. Lead BioShock Infinite creator Ken Levine posted about this bit of FOX News appropriation, but I don't think even he realized how ironic the irony of all that truly is.
Happy Fourth, my fellow Americans.
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