Far-right French politician mistakes Hideo Kojima for a killer

“The Japs… them squinty bastard all look so alike” It’s usually something your racist druncle chants at the annual awkward family barbeque. But it turns out that French politicians are having trouble identifying Japanese men, too. A far-right politician going by the name of Damien Rieu is one of those mistaken identity types, posting images of Hideo Kojima on Twitter, claiming that’s the guy who shot Shinzo Abe.

In case you’ve missed it, Shinzo Abe – the former prime minister of Japan – was shot and killed during a speech last Friday. Taking two close-range shots in the neck and back, Abe reportedly died moments later. The alleged killer – Tetsuya Yamagami – shot Abe with a homemade gun, believing he had ties with an organization Yamagami held a grudge against. The 41-year-old suspect was apprehended on the spot.

Now, I didn’t have to search long to find that info and figure out its legitimacy. But some people don’t care about fact-checking. Damien Rieu is one of those individuals. He only sees an obvious Japanese guy posing in front of a Che Guevara poster and immediately assumes things. “Zis must be zat fils de putain Japanese assassin!” . And before you know it, Damian posts his findings on Twitter, not realizing he’s making a cul of himself.

Ehhhm… excusez-moi… but that’s Hideo Kojima. You know, renowned video game creator and founding father of Kojima Productions? The guy behind Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding? The only thing this guy has ever killed was a mood. Luckily, it didn’t take the dense politician long to figure out he made a boo-boo. Apologies were made, but honestly, the damage was already done.

“I naively took a joke for information. I didn’t think we could make humor about the assassination of a man but I was wrong not to check before sharing. My apologies to Hideo Kojima and to the fans of Metal Gear.”

Then again, other international media didn’t bother to do some fact-checking either. A Greek news broadcast also used images of Hideo Kojima while talking about the Abe assassination. Allegedly, an Iranian news agency also slipped up in a similar way.

Oh well, some day we’ll all laugh about it. But today’s not that day. Especially not for Kojima Productions, who has issued a statement regarding possible legal actions against “some cases” of “fake news”.