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Thursday, June 14, 2012 8:18 PM

PIRATENEWS

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It's not like Georgie Boy is gonna miss it......

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The creators of HBO's "Game of Thrones" found themselves in a bit of hot water on Wednesday when word spun around the Internet that former President George W. Bush's likeness made a very unflattering cameo in the first season of the epic fantasy series. More specifically: a prop severed head bearing the former president's likeness appeared mounted on a stick.

Though the head was given a wig of long hair, spattered in mud and turned mostly away from the camera, the distinctive upper lip was a giveaway. And the creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss pointed it out in the DVD commentary on the episode.

"George Bush's head appears in a couple of beheading scenes," the duo revealed in their commentary. "It's not a choice, it's not a political statement. We just had to use whatever heads we had lying around."

Though the DVD set has been on the market since early March, it wasn't until this week that the media discovered the bit of trivia buried in the commentary on the show's first season finale.

On Wednesday, HBO and Benioff and Weiss issued statements of apology.

Benioff and Weiss explained, "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."

HBO added, "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."

HBO's statement should be of particular note to super-fans, as the version of the "Game of Thrones" DVD set available looks to be a collector's item soon.

The commentary was first shared on the news site Reddit, where commenters quickly began wondering about why the production company would have a George W. Bush head lying around. As one commenter wrote, "I though everyone just had Bush heads lying around. I keep trying to sell all of mine at garage sales."




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Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:48 PM

CATPIRATE


It's a white republican. That makes it alright. It's O'bama's war now. Ended or shut up about Bush.

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Friday, June 15, 2012 4:08 AM

NEWOLDBROWNCOAT


Reminds me more of Gene Symonds than George W. Experts say it's the upper lip that gives it away. I don't see it.

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Friday, June 15, 2012 5:13 AM

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It's THE NOSE that gives it away. W stands for WIMP, after beaten up by Mr Pretzel.

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It seems some members of the Republican Party aren’t fans of the Lannisters, either.

Members of the GOP are fuming and HBO has issued an apology after realizing that the creators of “Game of Thrones” used a faux severed replica of former President George W. Bush’s head mounted on a stake in a number of scenes in the hit series.

The fake head, which series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss reveal in the show’s DVD commentary to be a replica of George W. Bush’s head, is seen in the final episode of the first season.

“People may not have noticed this but … the last head on the left is George Bush,” Benioff and Weiss explain on the DVD commentary track. “George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes.”

In the scene, the teenage King Joffrey Baratheon, then under the influence of his wicked mother Cersei Lannister after they’ve seized the throne, shows Sansa Stark a row of heads of traitors to his cause, which have been mounted on pikes.

One of the heads belongs to the girl’s father, Ned Stark. And sitting right there alongside him, donning a long brown wig, is the head of the former president.

“It’s not a choice. It’s not a political statement. It’s just…we had to use what heads we had lying around,” Benioff and Weiss added.

The scene has upset members of the GOP, including Craig Eaton, chairman of the Brooklyn Republican Party, who told the MailOnline that he thinks “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 said.

HBO rushed to release a statement late Wednesday upon learning the news, calling the use of the Bush bust “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,” the network said, adding, “Sorry this happened and will have it [the scene] removed from any future DVD production.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/fake-head-of-george-bush-
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Bush cut Saddam Hussein's head off, so its only fair Bush loses his head too. That's THE LAW.

Hussein Obama cut the heads off dozens of Mexican politicians and police, so his head must be chopped off too. That's THE LAW.

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Friday, June 15, 2012 6:55 AM

NEWOLDBROWNCOAT


Also kinda funny that the R's didn't notice it until somebody else called it to their attention. The programs were broadcast, what?, 6 months ago; the DVD's produced and on sale; and then somebody listened to the commentary and figured it out. If the producers hadn't said anything, it woulda been a funny secret trivia bit, an inside joke noticed by only a few super-fans.

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Friday, June 15, 2012 7:16 AM

HERO


I'd get a kick out of it if it happened to me, I love game of thrones. I suspect Bush thinks its pretty funny.

The head belonged to a supporter of Ned Stark, the first season hero and obvious conservative Republican leader of the Seven Kingdoms. He was killed by an elitist spoiled child of a king...ie an obvious Democrat.

The political message is muddled at best.

H

Hero...must be right on all of this. ALL of the rest of us are wrong. Chrisisall, 2012

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Friday, June 15, 2012 8:14 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Funny that you'd think Ned was a Republican. Was it his personally beheading prisoners and making his young child watch, or his having bastard children out of wedlock that convinced you of his political leanings?

PS: the "elitist spoiled child of a king" was actually the head on the spike that this post is about!



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Friday, June 15, 2012 8:20 AM

PIZMOBEACH

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7 Hells! By the old gods and the new, the Lanisters are a prime example of Westeros Republican scum.

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Friday, June 15, 2012 12:22 PM

WHOZIT


They wouldn't use Obama's head, those big fucking ears would make it spin around when the wind caught it. Plus there were no black people aloud in the UK in those days....it's a fact!

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Friday, June 15, 2012 12:34 PM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


Quote:

Originally posted by NewOldBrownCoat:
Also kinda funny that the R's didn't notice it until somebody else called it to their attention. The programs were broadcast, what?, 6 months ago; the DVD's produced and on sale; and then somebody listened to the commentary and figured it out. If the producers hadn't said anything, it woulda been a funny secret trivia bit, an inside joke noticed by only a few super-fans.



How funny would it have been if it was Obama ?




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Friday, June 15, 2012 1:11 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


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How funny would it have been if it was Obama ?



You tell us.




I have yet to hear the GOP express its outrage over this.



"I supported Bush in 2000 and 2004 and intellegence [sic] had very little to do with that decision." - Hero


"I've not watched the video either, or am incapable of intellectually dealing with the substance of this thread, so I'll instead act like a juvenile and claim victory..." - Rappy

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Friday, June 15, 2012 1:12 PM

CUDA77

Like woman, I am a mystery.


Could have been worse. He could have met Shagga, Son of Dolf, and had his manhood cut off and fed to the goats.

Socialist and unashamed.


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Friday, June 15, 2012 1:12 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


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Originally posted by whozit:
They wouldn't use Obama's head, those big fucking ears would make it spin around when the wind caught it. Plus there were no black people aloud in the UK in those days....it's a fact!




Obviously you've never seen the show or read the books.






"I supported Bush in 2000 and 2004 and intellegence [sic] had very little to do with that decision." - Hero


"I've not watched the video either, or am incapable of intellectually dealing with the substance of this thread, so I'll instead act like a juvenile and claim victory..." - Rappy

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Friday, June 15, 2012 1:14 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


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Originally posted by pizmobeach:
7 Hells! By the old gods and the new, the Lanisters are a prime example of Westeros Republican scum.




Although Tyrion is 37 kinds of awesome.



"I supported Bush in 2000 and 2004 and intellegence [sic] had very little to do with that decision." - Hero


"I've not watched the video either, or am incapable of intellectually dealing with the substance of this thread, so I'll instead act like a juvenile and claim victory..." - Rappy

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Friday, June 15, 2012 1:15 PM

WHOZIT


Quote:

Originally posted by Kwicko:
Quote:

Originally posted by whozit:
They wouldn't use Obama's head, those big fucking ears would make it spin around when the wind caught it. Plus there were no black people aloud in the UK in those days....it's a fact!




Obviously you've never seen the show or read the books.






"I supported Bush in 2000 and 2004 and intellegence [sic] had very little to do with that decision." - Hero


"I've not watched the video either, or am incapable of intellectually dealing with the substance of this thread, so I'll instead act like a juvenile and claim victory..." - Rappy



Black people were illeagal in the U.K. untill 1950.....it's a fact!

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Friday, June 15, 2012 1:17 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


See if you can get your other foot in there at the same time, Zit.





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Friday, June 15, 2012 1:18 PM

NIKI2

Gettin' old, but still a hippie at heart...


Uh, Mike, not only that, but he seems to think Blacks weren't permitted to speak "aloud" in those days! Isn't illiteracy FUN?


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Friday, June 15, 2012 1:29 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


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Originally posted by Niki2:
Uh, Mike, not only that, but he seems to think Blacks weren't permitted to speak "aloud" in those days! Isn't illiteracy FUN?




Probably not so fun for the illiterate, though. ;)



He has yet to figure out that Westeros isn't in the UK. Or even on this planet.

http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/58595-what-kind-of-planet-i
s-westeros-on
/


For the record, I think the Bush-on-a-stick thing is pretty freaking tacky, and I'm skeptical about the explanation for it. Filming was done in Ireland, among other locations, so they just happened to have a severed head of Dubya lying around that they could use in a pinch? I'm dubious.

I would prefer a trial before putting anyone's head on a pike, but I'm one of those touchy-feely libruls everybody loves to hate, so I'm probably just being a wimp about it.

But yeah, I'd still give Dubya the benefit of law he never saw fit to give others.



"I supported Bush in 2000 and 2004 and intellegence [sic] had very little to do with that decision." - Hero


"I've not watched the video either, or am incapable of intellectually dealing with the substance of this thread, so I'll instead act like a juvenile and claim victory..." - Rappy

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Friday, June 15, 2012 2:12 PM

MAGONSDAUGHTER


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Originally posted by whozit:

Black people were illeagal in the U.K. untill 1950.....it's a fact!



I hate to tell you this, but there were no dragons or white walkers in the UK either.

And that really makes little difference, as Game of Thrones is not set in the UK.

Pssst, its a fantasy!!!!!


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Sunday, June 17, 2012 8:21 AM

HERO


Quote:

Originally posted by pizmobeach:
7 Hells! By the old gods and the new, the Lanisters are a prime example of Westeros Republican scum.


Lanisters are 100% Kennedy.

H

Hero...must be right on all of this. ALL of the rest of us are wrong. Chrisisall, 2012

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Sunday, June 17, 2012 8:53 AM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


Kwickie - You're equating a acclaimed show on HBO, to some yahoo with an effigy of Obama, off in some random field ?

Swing and a miss!


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" AU, that was great, LOL!! " - Chrisisall

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Sunday, June 17, 2012 11:59 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


"Equating"?


Was I?


Can you show me where I said they were exactly the same?


Can you show me where I made such "claims"?


You are, as always, a liar, just making shit up in your own addled brain.


Are you off your meds again?



"I supported Bush in 2000 and 2004 and intellegence [sic] had very little to do with that decision." - Hero


"I've not watched the video either, or am incapable of intellectually dealing with the substance of this thread, so I'll instead act like a juvenile and claim victory..." - Rappy

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Sunday, June 17, 2012 12:07 PM

ANTHONYT

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I have yet to hear the GOP express its outrage over this.


Hello,

I doubt you will.

--Anthony


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Raptor - women who want to control their reproductive processes are sluts.
Wulf - Niki is a stupid fucking bitch who should hurry up and die.
Never forget what these men are.
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Sunday, June 17, 2012 3:11 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Quote:

Originally posted by AnthonyT:
Quote:

I have yet to hear the GOP express its outrage over this.


Hello,

I doubt you will.

--Anthony




So it would seem. The people who want Muslims to express outrage for every outrageous act by other Muslims, the people who expect Democrats to express outrage at every outrageous act by other Democrats... they never can seem to muster any outrage over the evils perpetrated in the name of their own chosen party.





"I supported Bush in 2000 and 2004 and intellegence [sic] had very little to do with that decision." - Hero


"I've not watched the video either, or am incapable of intellectually dealing with the substance of this thread, so I'll instead act like a juvenile and claim victory..." - Rappy

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