The internets are all abuzz with this still from the season one finale of Game of Thrones, which features a fake latex bust of George W. Bush as one of many heads on pikes. Some people are – perhaps understandably – a bit up in arms about this.
- This was not done as any kind of political statement at all.
- Indeed, production just needed severed heads, and the prop department had a Bush head laying about.
- As you can tell from the pic — which is a severe close-up of part of the shot where Joffrey makes Sansa look at her dad’s head on a pike and not an actual shot in the show — they put a wig on it and turned it away from the camera to minimize the chance anyone could tell it was Bush.
- In fact, no one would have even know it was Bush except that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss mentioned that it’s Bush in episode 10 director’s commentary track.
I find it hilarious that Benioff and Weiss brought this on themselves, and I guess they wrote it off as a kind of a joke. But… In these highly politicized times, people read dual motives into everything and thus just saying that the make-up department had this old W. head lying around and they decided to use it doesn’t fly.
But hey, why did the make-up department have a W. head lying around? One of life’s mysteries, I guess.
Anyway, HBO has apologized, and made Benioff and Weiss apologize. (Probably not) The end.
Source: Topless Robot