In a tweet that has since been deleted, House Republicans have compared The Legend of Zelda and Tax Reform in a what can only be perceived as a desperate grasp for millennial sympathy to their cause. Their landing page comparing the beloved Nintendo classic to their impending attempt at a tax code overhaul has also been taken down, but the comparison stems from the fact that the original Zelda game came out in 1986, and that’s also the year a major tax code change was implemented.
This analogy has not gone over well.
The GOP’s initial tweet showed off a .gif of Link looking stoic in the Skyward Sword iteration of the series, which, while good, will never be on a list of the best Zelda games ever made.
And so, as expected, gamers of all sorts of backgrounds are raking the GOP over the coals. Especially because in their explanation of the importance of the date, they stated that Nintendo was founded in 1985, a year before the release of the NES version of Legend of Zelda. Nintendo was founded on September 23rd, 1889 as a board and card game company.
Why compare tax reform to Zelda? Why not compare tax reform to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Or the debut of The Oprah Winfrey Show? Or more appropriately, the debut of FOX News?