On Friday, July 8th, 2022, ex-Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was brutally shot dead during a speech, a brutal act whose only silver lining was the fact that the shooter was caught there and then, sparing the Japanese people of decades-worth of JFK-like conspiracy theories. What it didn't do, however, was save international news outlets and dumbass politicians from misidentifying Hideo Kojima, the creator of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding, as the already caught (and identified) killer. 

That's a clip from a Greek news channel reporting on the death of the ex-Japanese leader while revealing images of a man wearing Che Guevara and Joker-themed clothing, a man they believe is guilty of murder and not just of the crime of having the fashion sense of a regular Internet user.

Hideo Kojima wearing Che Guevara merch

ANT TV 1, Hideo Kojima

But no, that's Hideo Kojima, the most famous video game developer in the world, the man who created the stealth genre, and therefore someone who just wouldn't get caught doing such a thing. So what the hell happened? It all began on 4chan, an Internet forum that serves as both a place to read deranged fictional stories and the primary news source of the alt-right. A user claimed that Kojima had done it, a revival of the “all Asians look the same” racist trope that wouldn't fool even 4chan users, but it rang very true to Damien Rieu, an actual politician from France. When everyone was condemning the attack, Rieu merely wrote that “The far left kills”, in a tweet conveniently followed by a collection of pictures of Hideo Kojima wearing Che Guevara attire.

Rieu's tweet

Twitter

Imagine living in the mind of someone who thinks there's such thing as “communist merchandise”

Most people immediately knew Rieu was either evil or just plain dumb, but, as with all far-right propaganda, it managed to find its way into the minds of enough people to cause harm. Kojima Productions has responded that they're considering legal action, and they damn well should as they probably have more than enough hours of Hideo Kojima buying sick-ass merch to make for the tightest of alibis.

Whatever the result may be, thanks Internet for forever ruining the beautiful clip below:

Top Image: Konami

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