‘THIS IS A JOKE, RIGHT?’: George Floyd video game beyond offensive


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A video game that challenges players to save George Floyd from being murdered by police was unveiled in Iran this week.

Early chatter about the possibility of this game actually coming to life began in October 2020, reported Kayhan Life .

The game, called Save the Freedom, was developed by Iran’s Basij paramilitary force — an arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Players must work their way through 30 levels that increase in difficulty, facing waves of enemies who are presumably trying to kill Floyd, reported Malekafzali.

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Unsurprisingly, People online couldn’t hold back their feelings of shock, rage and disgust.

“What the hell,” tweeted one person. “Why are they making his murder seem like a game and as a way to make money. Disgusting.”

Another wrote, “This is a joke right, can someone confirm that for me?”

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One person asked, “So are they giving the profits to his family or are they making money off a murder?”

The consensus? “This is so sick.”

Floyd was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minn., in May 2020, with footage of the white cop kneeling on the Black man’s neck for nine minutes inciting protests around the world.

In this file still image taken on May 25, 2020, from a video courtesy of Darnella Frazier via Facebook, shows Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin during the arrest of George Floyd. Photo by DARNELLA FRAZIER/FACEBOOK /AFP via Getty Images

The outrageous game idea came from Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, who initially asked the Basij software programmers to design a Floyd-inspired computer game as part of the Nationwide Event for the Production of Basij Digital Content, reported the U.K. Sun .

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“The first challenge for this competition is to design a game for mobile phones and computers titled Rescuing George Floyd,” said Naghdi.

“Rescuing this black citizen from American police should be the aim of this computer game,” he continued. “Nowadays, the only place left for America to turn its defeats into victories is the internet.”

Naghdi continued: “People inside the U.S. shout ‘death to America’ and burn the American flag. The U.S. domestic and foreign policies have failed. The public is increasingly becoming polarized in that country.”

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