With his grandfatherly bifocal glasses, Benjamin Franklin is one of the least likely of the Founding Fathers you’d suspect of being quite good with the ladies. When people hear the name of Franklin, they normally think of his face on the $100 bill or his signing the Declaration of Independence or his experiment flying a kite in the middle of a lightning storm. Few would suspect Franklin of some hardcore skirt chasing and all around party animal shenanigans. Still, the historical records are clear-Ole Ben was much loved by the ladies and he responded in kind. In fact, Mr. Franklin’s sexual escapades belong more in the “I’m Sexy and I know It” video than in the respectful recollection of most Americans.
Well, it looks like the latest installment of the highly popular historical assassination action adverture Assassin’s Creed game series, Assassin’s Creed 3 will give us a nice peek into the horny side of one of America’s most-loved Founding Fathers. Ubisoft, the developer of Assassin’s Creed 3 says that if anyone is offended by the game’s portrayal of Franklin, they merely need to check historical records. In essence, Assassin’s Creed 3 wants to sneak up behind yet another sacred cow and neck stab it into a hamburger ingredient. Nobody likes getting their long-held beliefs shanked in the back but if it can be backed up by accurate historical records, who are we to argue?
Besides, this is not the first time the Assassin’s Creed series courted history-based controversy. Remember that in an earlier installment, the game’s protagonist Ezio assassinated a pope! Roderigo Borgia-one of the most controversial popes. But a pope nonetheless. Once again, the depiction of that character was based on solid historical records.