Thursday, June 14, 2012
The King Can Do As He Likes - Game of Thrones Mounts Bush's Head on a Spike
Some GOP blogs are up in arms this morning over news that a prosthetic head of President Bush was used in the HBO's wildly popular Game of Thrones. The decapitated head which can only be seen from a distance at an angle appears in the final episode of season one.
While the creators of the show insist the choice to use the President's likeness was no purposeful and they only used what heads they had available, HBO was quick to apologize, saying the scene was “unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste.” They went on to further say it will be removed in future productions of the DVD.
Being a fan of the books and series I personally am less than offended. On the contrary, if I didn't know Hollywood better, I might be tempted to say the scene is pro-Bush political statement.
Here's why I say that. The image above is a still from the actual scene. Next to the "Bush" head is the head of the Septa. Next to them, just out of frame, is the head of Eddard "Ned" Stark, the Hand of the King and season one protagonist. Ordered placed above the castle walls by the king, the heads are those of Ned Stark and his allies who he had murdered or executed for treason after Ned discovered the king was not the legitimate heir to the throne and threatened to make it public.
In essence, the image implies Bush was one of the righteous, who died for honor and country. The parallels between the legitimacy questions surrounding the king in Game of Thrones and that of President Obama, who had not yet released his birth certificate at the time, are uncanny.
Art often draws inspiration from reality. In this case, it appears President Obama isn't the only ineffective leader willing to blame Bush for his failed policies.