Beheaded Bush: Evolving 'Game of Thrones' Excuses Fail Smell Test
The producers behind HBO's "Game of Thrones" would've been better off had they simple said what is likely the truth, that they hate George W. Bush and impaled his prosthetic head on a pole for the kind of childish shits and giggles the Secret Service might want to look into. Instead, they offer absurd explanations that, in my opinion, only prove what sniveling weasals they really are:
The creators said they regret pointing out that one of their prosthetic heads looked like the former president.
'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,' Messrs Benioff and Weiss said.
They insisted no one even noticed the head looked like Mr Bush until after they were done shooting the scene.
'We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise,' they added.
"Game of Thrones" has a monstrous budget and even if the "mistake" was caught afterwards, there's absolutely no reason or budget concern that stopped anyone from remedying the shots with a little post-production fix.
And have you noticed how these kinds of mistakes only ever happen to Republicans? It's never Barack Obama or Jimmy Carter, Nancy Pelosi, or Maya Angelou. It's always one of our guys, never one of theirs.
But what I find most absurd is that no one noticed until that moment when the head was the hardest to spot, and that was after filming.
A film company spends hours setting up scenes like the movie-quality ones shot for "Game of Thrones." I guarantee you that the director, cameraman, lighting people, prop and make-up folks spent hours prepping the fake head, lighting the scene, walking around the set, and ensuring everything was perfect.
We're honestly supposed to believe that the person who put the wig and the make-up on the head, didn’t notice or say anything? We're supposed to believe the prop people and set decorator who placed the head in the scene, never said anything?
No, but we are supposed to believe that the head was spotted only afterwards, in a big scene when it was turned the other way, slathered in make-up, and lost in a crowd of other heads.
What also doesn’t pass the smell test is how sorry everyone is now, because before the scandal blew up…
When the show's creators revisit the scene in the DVD commentary, they make sure viewers notice the former Head of State.
'It's not a choice. It's not a political statement. It's just.. we had to use what heads we had lying around.'
'People may not have noticed this but back up...the last head on the left is George Bush,' one says.
'George Bush's head appears in a couple of beheading scenes,' the other adds.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss say it was no condemnation of Mr Bush and his policies.
'It's not a choice. It's not a political statement,' one says. 'It's just.. we had to use what heads we had lying around.'
Bubbled little elite children proud of their childish prank who have no idea how the outside world would react to such a thing.
Oh, yeah, Obama voters all.
Their story is also changing now, isn’t it? From "We had to use what heads we had lying around" to We didn't know!
Sure wish I had HBO so I could cancel it again.
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