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HBO: We’re really sorry for beheading President Bush and bragging about it

Written By: Bob - Jun• 14•12

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.

The show’s producers are trying to claim it was accidental and that they didn’t know until after filming that the head was Bush’s, which Bryan Preston does not buy in the slightest.

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?

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3 Comments

  1. mightysamurai says:

    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.

    Here’s a funny thought. Maybe they were making a stealth jab at spoiled childish liberals and their assassination fantasies.

    (I know, probably not the case. Still, wouldn’t it be funny?)

  2. Stan says:

    Do you suppose the Secret Service will be paying them a visit like they did Ted Nugent?

  3. Michael says:

    No surprise, the author of the books that the series is based from, George R R Martin might of even found it funny. He is a King Berry worshiper. Sometime check out some of his political comments at his blog. Not sure how someone so democratic can write such a good series, okay, it has really gone down hill.