Kyle Rittenhouse announced the release of a new video game Thursday in which you can shoot “fake news turkeys” with all proceeds going to his ongoing effort to sue media outlets for “defamation.”
Rittenhouse collaborated with video game developer Mint Studios, whose CEO said that “We had to step in to help Kyle after we saw what was done to him.”Rittenhouse was acquitted last year after fatally shooting two men and injuring a third during a 2020 protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Since becoming somewhat of a right-wing cause, Rittenhouse has complained that “the media” has kept him from being able to get a job or into college. After the game was announced, he said on Twitter that the game is part of his effort to “fight back against fake news.”
Kyle Rittenhouse is selling a video game shooting down turkeys representing “fake news”, because he’s Kyle Rittenhouse. pic.twitter.com/0MopqQYk4i
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) June 23, 2022
Rittenhouse was 17 when he asked his mother to drive him across state lines from their home in Illinois to Wisconsin, where he brought a semi-automatic rifle to Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020. He claimed it was an “effort to protect businesses” as riots broke over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down.
Kyle Rittenhouse crossed state lines and killed two unarmed men with an AR-15 that he illegally possessed.
He’s complaining to Tucker Carlson about how the consequences of his actions are unfair.
Sounds about white to me.pic.twitter.com/ZSffwWgaiW
— Gabe Sanchez (@iamgabesanchez) June 7, 2022
First-person shooter games had been a talking point in Rittenhouse’s trial, as the prosecution tried to paint him as violent and easily influenced by the imagery in the games he played. In his game, players assume a cartoon version of Rittenhouse to shoot the turkeys, which say “Fake News” and “MSDNC,” a right-wing moniker for MSNBC.
"Isn't one of the things people do in these video games try and kill everyone else with your guns?" – context
"Yeah, in the video game. It's just a video game it's not real life." – Kyle Rittenhouse, 2021
I bet Kyle will feel pretty embarrassed if he watched this video, smh. pic.twitter.com/OVhP7Y1Wcz
— Mass Creation Broadcasts 🇺🇦🦅🇹🇼🇦🇫🇭🇰🦭🇮🇱 (@masscreati0nbr) February 27, 2022
Rittenhouse claimed self-defense for fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and permanently paralyzing Gaige Grosskreutz.