I don’t typically get bent out of shape over Hollywood’s petty vindictiveness, and I wouldn’t have known nor cared about HBO using a decapitated George W. Bush head in Game of Thrones if they didn’t have to obliquely brag about it on the DVD commentary.
HBO apologized Wednesday amid outrage that “Game of Thrones” features former President George W. Bush’s severed head impaled on a spike.
In commentary for the DVD of the first season, one of the writers admits that the Republican’s likeness “appears in a couple of beheading scenes” but insisted no one is playing politics.
“We just had to use whatever head we had around,” the writer says without explaining where the prop came from.
The presidential noggin, topped with straggly hair, appears for a just a second in an episode of the fantasy series that aired last year, when spoiled child king Joffrey shows Sansa Stark a line of heads on spikes.
No disrespect intended, by putting his head on a pike and then bragging about it on the DVD commentary? Not to go all gumshoe, but this new excuse doesn’t mesh with that commentary. A changing story indicates deception. The apology now is one of those “We apologize if…” fake apologies.
The original commentary says flatly that the head is George W. Bush. Now they’re saying that it just looks like him, and they only noticed that after shooting the scenes. No one noticed the resemblance before putting scraggly hair on the head and putting it on a pike? And no one noticed the resemblance before using it in another scene with severed heads?