Ex-dictator Manuel Noriega says video game made him look like bad guy

AP file photoFormer Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega

Most celebrities (see 50 Cent, Mike Tyson, every NFL player in the past two decades) love starring in their own video games. A lawsuit filed by Manuel Noriega against the creators of “Call of Duty” indicates the ex-dictator disagrees.

“Noriega going after 'Call of Duty,' you should think of it as Osama bin Laden's family going after 'Zero Dark Thirty,'” said former New York mayor and current attorney Rudy Giuliani, who joined Los Angeles-based Activision's legal team Monday and is asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

Noriega, 80, says 2012's “Call of Duty: Black Ops” portrayed him as a “kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state,” according to The Associated Press, even though Noriega is serving a 60-year prison sentence in Panama for pretty much those exact same things.

Activision said its portrayal of Noriega, in which the former drug peddler and CIA operative aids the game's main villain during the Cold War, is protected under free speech laws. “Call of Duty” games have also portrayed historical characters such as President John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro, as well as semi-historical characters such as Nazi zombies.

S.F. EATERY DOESN'T WANT PICKY EATERS

Folks hankering for food farmed any old way that's bursting with gluten and MSG goodness can rejoice: SO restaurant has reopened its doors.

The Eater blog reported Monday that owner James Chu was back in business after briefly shutting his South of Market Asian-fusion eatery last week and posting a sign calling out picky eaters, proclaiming, “yes we use MSG, we don't believe in organic food, and we don't give a s— about gluten free.”

That was replaced Monday with a sign stating, “If you're hard to please, please just turn around and go somewhere else. Thanks!”

Chu told KGO (Ch. 7) he blew a gluten-rich gasket after a patron insisted he didn't have to pay for food he didn't like. Chu refuses to reconsider, though he did admit he might start using “organic MSG, at most.”

QUICK TAKES

Miss America Kira Kazantsev, a former Miss New York who was raised in Walnut Creek, was kicked out of her sorority last year for hazing, according to Jezebel.com. … A man in a wheelchair crowd-surfed last week during a Kanye West show, just a week after the rapper told audience members they had to dance “unless you got a handicap pass.” … Los Gatos-based Netflix has launched a Spoil Yourself website that consists solely of five-second clips spoiling movies and shows.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Wrestler Matt Hardy is 40. … Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco is 44. … Actor Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”) is 55. … Singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen is 65. … Singer Julio Iglesias is 71.

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