Kyle Rittenhouse, then 17, was present during the August 2020 riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, armed with a semi-automatic rifle. Rittenhouse would shoot Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz during these events, with everyone except Grosskretuz dying from their wounds. During his trial, Rittenhouse claimed self-defense and was eventually acquitted of all charges.
This was two years ago, but Rittenhouse recently received renewed attention when he announced a new video game: Kyle Rittenhouse’s Turkey Shoot. He released a trailer for the game, which features a cartoon version of himself shooting “Fake News Turkeys,” a statement that the media is “nothing but a bunch of turkeys,” a fake nerf gun shooter, and a rap — apparently performed by Rittenhuis.
While no official release date has been given, it can be pre-ordered on Rittenhouse’s website, with proceeds going towards his lawsuits for media defamation and legal fees. The game costs $9.99 and is said to work in any browser and on Android and iOS devices; however, nothing more is currently known about the game.
While the announcement received attention from a number of people for a number of reasons, it also caught the attention of PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA has made statements and actions in the past against various games, be it Far Cry 6’s cockfights, banning Alinity on Twitch and many more over the years. Since Rittenhouse’s game focuses on shooting turkeys, it’s not surprising that PETA is making a statement against it.
In particular, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk had this to say:
Kyle Rittenhouse is right that fake news is a plague that often results in real-life harm and death, but especially in these times we need to protect and respect everyone – stop promoting violence through a video game advocating the shooting of turkeys, who don’t bother one and are thinking, feeling birds who care for their offspring and, when not factory bred, have a full and interesting life that they appreciate. We send Rittenhouse a box of Tofurky Roasts with the request that he find an inanimate object to shoot if he is determined to shoot.
Since Rittenhouse’s game wasn’t even announced a full week ago, more will likely be revealed/announced regarding this title in the coming months, if not weeks.