It seems that like a lot of the world, King Joffrey was not a big fan of former US President George W. Bush.
In some bonus content on the season one boxset of Game Of Thrones, show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have admitted that one of the heads that was mounted on a spike by the teenage king, was that of the former Commander In Chief.
In the tenth episode of the HBO drama Joffrey forced his then bride to be Sansa to accompany him outside and view her father’s head, which he has had displayed after he executed the so called traitor.
In one shot another of the heads looks quite familiar and on close inspection, is clearly George Bush’s face, albeit it with a bit of a scruffier hair style than we are used to seeing.
The show bosses admitted that George’s likeness was used on a number of occasions during the series, confessing:
“The last head on the left is George Bush. George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes.”
The insisted that they weren’t making a political statement, but were just using whatever props they had to hand. The men added
“It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around.”
However, many American fans are furious about the disrespectful move and HBO has already hit out at producers and apologised for what they called a tasteless decision.
A statement called the use of the former President’s likeness ‘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.’
Craig Eaton, the chairman of the Brooklyn Republican Party, waded into the row last night and expressed his disgust and disappointment over the use of his former leader.
He blasted HBO, Benioff and Weiss, telling The Daily Mail:
‘I think that it’s despicable. As a country, Democrats, Republicans, we have to have respect for the office and the individuals.’
‘Once we lose that respect, the United States looks weak.’
He added: ‘Think about what people outside the country think when they see how Americans are disparaging their own former presidents.’
However, some fans have seen the funny side and one tweeted:
‘HBO apologised for Game of Thrones George W Bush head on a spike? Offense is taken, not given. Harden the hell up, USA.’
‘A replica of George bush’s decapitated head was used in Game of Thrones as a traitor-head? How I love satire in the morning.’
So, does anyone else think that perhaps Mr Eaton just needs to develop a sense of humour? After all, it’s hardly like they used George’s real head now is it?
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