Just a short while ago we brought you word that HBO’s Game of Thrones would be pausing their season one DVD sales and pulling a specific episode offline because it featured the head of President George W. Bush impaled on a spike. Not wasting any time, Game of Thrones is once again ready to conquer the shelves, this time featuring a scrubbed out profile of President Bush. Personally, I didn’t get what the big deal was the first time around and now, I don’t get what changing the appearance is going to solve. Scrub the scene entirely or grow up, laugh about it and move on. More details, including a new look at NOT- President George W. Bush’s head on a stick, after the jump.
So this whole thing started because producers D. B. Weiss and David Benioff pointed out the former President’s head on a spike during their commentary on the Game of Thrones DVD. They explained it thusly:
“The last head on the left is George Bush. George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. We just had to use whatever heads we had lying around…”
Oh and just to clarify, it’s not as if it’s Bush’s actual head (which would be in rather poor taste), but a prop head. Nonetheless, HBO reacted rather strongly, saying:
“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.”
And so they did, and here it is (via the Washington Post):
So, yeah, the guy on the right is now some sort of weak-chinned, small nosed traitor who bears no resemblance to anyone famous or infamous or otherwise. It’s tough for Presidents to get a break anymore (at least Clinton kept his head in the Oval Office). Making a cameo in Game of Thrones could easily have been the greatest achievement for President Bush, only to have his visage digitally scrubbed away. How will history mark his memory now?