Kojima Productions Is Suing Over Fake Assassination Accusation
An unfunny joke quickly gets out of hand.
Last week, the world was shocked when former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated. As is the case with all high-profile events, there was a lot of information to sift through, and one egregious piece of false information quickly spread through backchannels on the internet. Due to its nature, Kojima Productions will pursue legal action against all those who have defamed Hideo Kojima.
Kojima Has Put Out a Statement
In the aftermath of Shinzo Abe's death, a racist joke began spreading around the internet depicting the assassin as a younger version of game designer Hideo Kojima. This was in lieu of the actual assassin, Tetsuya Yamagami, the 41-year-old who actually shot the former prime minister.
It's a horrific, racist joke that should've gone nowhere, but it didn't take long for major publications to pick up on the images. French politicians and even a Greek news channel ran with Kojima's photos even though there's nothing linking the two men other than the fact they're both Japanese.
Upon the revelation, French politician Damien Rieu has deleted the tweets. Additionally, the Greek news channel ANT TV1 has removed the video featuring Kojima's photograph, but it's impossible to tell how far the misinformation has spread.
In response to this, Kojima put out the following statement to Twitter, "Kojima Productions strongly condemns the spread of fake news and rumors that convey false information. We do not tolerate such libel and will consider taking legal action in some cases."
The word "consider" is particularly important as it suggests Kojima isn't pursuing anything at this moment. Perhaps the company is looking at its options before moving full-throttle ahead. For the time being, it remains a solid reminder of how much racism still permeates society.
What kind of punishment would you like to see come to those who spread the false information?
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