Activision Wants ‘Absurd’ Noriega Lawsuit over Call of Duty Dismissed
Activision is seeking to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Panama's former despotic dictator, Manuel Noriega, over his appearance in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. It's okay Noriega, we didn't like Black Ops 2 either.
The big wigs behind Call of Duty at Activision are seeking to dismiss Manuel Noriega's lawsuit for his depiction in Black Ops 2. Mind you, Noriega was a tyrannical dictator whose entire office was abolished by his countrymen and he is now currently in prison for murder. He claimed that the game depicted him as a kidnapper and murderer (well, they weren't lying). Activision has announced that it will have former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as its defense lawyer and will seek to get the case thrown out on the fact that Call of Duty is protected by our rights to free speech.
"What's astonishing is that Manuel Noriega, a notorious dictator who is in prison for the heinous crimes he committed, is upset about being portrayed as a criminal and enemy of the state in the game Call of Duty. Quite simply, it's absurd," said Rudy Giuliani. "I'm not interested in giving handouts to a convicted murderer and drug smuggler like Manuel Noriega who is demanding money from Activision and its popular Call of Duty franchise for simply exercising its right to free speech. Noriega's attack on the rights of Call of Duty comes as no surprise considering he's a lawless tyrant who trampled over the rights of his own people."
Game, set and match.
Don't forget, Call of Duty has had Fidel Castro, Noriega and even John F. Kennedy depicted throughout its stories. If Noriega's lawsuit is successful, thousands of historical and political figures and their offspring could sue over their appearances in movies, games and other forms of art. Or, you know, Lindsay Lohan.
Call of Duty has some fairly realistic depictions of Manuel Noriega to match its gun sound effects.