Imagine what would happen if a TV show put Barack Obama’s severed head on a stick.
That’s what Game of Thrones, a medieval fantasy television series on HBO, did — except it’s not Obama’s head, but former President George W. Bush’s.
And the reaction from the mainstream media?
This is what sharp-eyed viewers spotted during a beheading scene in Game of Thrones‘ Season 1:
Yes. You saw right. It’s the head of former President George W. Bush on a stake.
Yesterday, HBO and the show’s two executive producers issued this apology:
HBO: We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste. We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss: We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc. We can’t afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk. After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush.
In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have. We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise.
Wikipedia says David Benioff’s father Stephen Friedman, is Jewish and a former head of Goldman Sachs. David changed his name in his teens to Benioff, his mother’s maiden name. D. (Daniel) B. Weiss was born and raised in Chicago, to a family of German-Jewish roots.
Game of Thrones just began airing its second season and has already been picked up for a third.