Unless you’re coming off a 3 day orgy fest, been drunk, or made friends with the bottom side of a rock you’ve probably seen the outrageous story regarding George W. Bush’s decapitated prop head appearing on a spike in the final episode of the first season HBO’s Game of Thones . A brief scene that no one seemed to notice when the episode originally aired (on June 19, 2011) or when the season hit DVD (on March 6 of this year).
This story broke after Reddit user pointed out that the DVD commentary track for that episode featured producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss talking about the random appearance of W’s head. The producers clearly stated it wasn’t a political statement. They needed a head on a spike and the prop department grabbed what they had. It’s unclear what the prop dept. was doing with a rubber head of George W. in the first place, but, hey, a head is a head.
Here’s the scene and commentary from the DVD:
Naturally conservative/republican media got wind of this and made a big stink about it. Which lead to an apology from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Sadly, we live in a cultural sensitive nation. People get up in arms about the stupidest things. And this is one of them. If they had never mentioned it then there is no way at all you could tell it was Bush’s head. But whatever. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss apologized. That’s enough, right? Nope. The drama of G.W. continues…
HBO has pulled the episode from the HBO Go service and iTunes, and is halting shipments of the existing DVD and Blu-ray copies of the season.
The network said:
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 careless mistake. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms and have halted all future shipments of the DVDs, removed it from our digital platforms and will edit the scene for all future airings on any distribution domestic or international.
Are you fucking kidding me? What an insane over reaction. I mean really, it wasn’t a big deal until someone made it a big deal.
I’m honestly stupefied by HBO’s course of action. Looking on the bright-side however, it looks like my Blu-Ray copy of Game of Thones just became a collectors item.