Game of Thrones vs. People Who Only Threw a Fit After-the-fact


George Bush is in the HBO production of Game of Thrones (season one).  Not really.  A replica of his head was dressed up in a manky wig and put on a spike to represent one of the heads King Joffrey lobbed off towards the end of the first season.  Said replica was on the screen for such a short amount of time that nobody figured it out until someone made a passing comment in the commentary on the DVD suggesting as much.  Oh.  My.  God.  The world has just ended.  It’s over.  Hollywood wants to kill George Bush.  It’s finally true!  The liberals have come to kill our babies and eat our brains using parasitic tube monkeys.  And then they’re going to cut off George Bush’s head and put it up on a spike with a nasty black wig!

None of that is true.  Well, except everything before “Oh.  My.  God.”  In truth, this is one of the stupidest things people have gotten upset about in Hollywood this year, let alone this decade (and the one before it).  There are a lot of more important things to get pissed about.  Such as how women are portrayed in films and TV.  Or representations of people of color.  Or the fact that most of the crap they put on TV looks like it was written by a 5-year-old missing half a brain.  But this?  Please.  Grow up.

And, yes, contrary to what some of a different political persuasion than myself might say, I would not have cared either if the bust was Barack Obama, except for the fact that there are almost no black people in Game of Thrones (season one) to begin with.  Putting him up on a spike wouldn’t make any sense, and I might get a little annoyed at that if I actually noticed it.  But would I have?  No.  I didn’t notice George Bush either, and I don’t even like him as a President.

That said, I don’t really know where I stand with the producers’ rational for why they used a replica of his head.  Is it possible they couldn’t afford to rent or make a whole bunch more body parts and heads?  Maybe.  Could it also be a veiled political statement?  I guess.  But that would assume David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are stupid enough to a) put it in their movie knowing some place like Big Hollywood will scrutinize everything they do, and b) mention doing so in the commentary.  If you wanted to make a political point, I’d think you’d take the moment to say something in the commentary.  Maybe they’re that dumb, but I find that hard to believe, and I don’t feel like making that judgment right now.

So I will officially file this in my “stupid crap that the world got upset about” bin.  Do with it what you will.

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

2 thoughts on “Game of Thrones vs. People Who Only Threw a Fit After-the-fact

  1. It's just knee-jerk culture nonsense, to be honest. If you switched it out for Clinton or something, Democrats would throw a fit. I just don't have much patience for it.

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