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The HBO Decided to Pull the Season 1 Finale of THE GAME OF THRONES Because of the Alleged Severed Bush Head

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The HBO Decided to Pull the Season 1 Finale of THE GAME OF THRONES Because of the Alleged Severed Bush Head

Game of Thrones

Over the past few days, the media has jumped onto something that has gone unnoticed since February. In the first season finale of HBO’s world-wide hit Game of Thrones, the alleged severed head of former President George W. Bush is seen briefly on a stake. The head is even pointed out in the commentary by producers on the DVD. Of course, some people (yeah, you know, those ‘politically correct’ ones) didn’t find it as funny as others, including HBO. They swiftly issued a statement apologizing for the mishap and declared their intentions to remove the scene from future releases. The statement read:

“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.”

The producers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, also released a statement in response to the incident:

“What happened was this: 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.”

In addition to stopping the production of DVDs for season one, HBO has pulled the episode from iTunes and HBO Go until the scene can be edited out. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the episode will be reposted as soon as the editing is finished, but there’s no word yet as to when that will happen, which is unfortunate for those who are looking to get into or rewatch the show right now.

I understand that HBO’s gotta do what they gotta do to save face, but I think that this all is blown out of proportion. A lot. Like they say in the commentary, they meant nothing political about it. It was just a prop head lying around, they needed them for the scene so they used it. It’s expensive to have new body parts made for every production, or any prop for that matter, so studios tend to reuse things. They’ve been doing it for years! And haven’t we become a culture of recycling and being green? I’m surprised that more people aren’t commending the recycling of resources. And honestly, it looks more like Ozzy Osbourn to me than George W. Bush.

Allegedly the head of the former President, George W. Bush

And also, to be clear, it’s not (that) funny (to most people, and I still don’t understand why is that soooo bloody offensive) to feature the severed head of a recognizable public figure in a film or TV show, but think about this: The other heads represent real people, too. You don’t see someone new every day complaining that their image is being featured in a beheading scene or wherever.

Yeah, the show producers probably should’ve kept their mouths shut about it, but people need to relax since it’s not like they were blatantly defiling the image in the scene, anyway. It was a quick shot. In fact, check out the scene below and see for yourself.

Anyway, no matter what anyone says about it all, someone’s going to be upset about it, so HBO did what needed to be done. To that I can only quote Elbert Hubbard: “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

And the thought that came to mind just now revolved around how much original boxed sets of season one of ‘Game of Thrones’ go for on Ebay. Which ones of you lucky bastards has them?


An explanation: When I refer to the ‘politically correct’ people, I am not trying to make fun of the anti-racist, anti-sexist and other efforts addressing REAL problems. I am just sick of the kind of people who don’t pay attention to the bigger problems this world has, such as poverty or climate or hunger and have nothing meaningful to do with their lives, so they are being petty and hair-splitting instead, confusing those two for a real care and making a fuss about this kind of trivial stuff. And to be honest, I have wondered: if African-American people (was that the correct term, huh?) are using the term ‘nigger’ themselves, why is it then racist/offensive of everyone else using that same term? You can’t fight against anything if you have double standards, and you should be paying more attention to problems greater than ‘how someone called someone else’ is all I’m trying to say.



  1. Shane Briggs

    July 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    That was cute how you awkwardly used the word nigger and were all super retarded about it.

    • Joseph Mckinley

      July 17, 2012 at 6:40 am

      Cute? I thought he was spot on and 100% correct. Political correctness is going to send us into another dark age if we keep prostrating ourself upon it’s altar.

      If we don’t find some way to have open dialog today about the problems that assail humanity without worry of offended the thin skinned then we are doomed.

      Facts are Facts and if they offend it’s not the fault of the fact or the message bearer.

      If I were to say “Statistically African Americans excel at physical sports and music that require Linguistic rhyme/rhythm, more so than Caucasians.” Then it is politically correct and factual.

      I I were then to say “Statistically Caucasians excel at business, Science, Mathematics and Industry more so than African Americans.” It magically becomes politically incorrect and I’m some huge giant racist, bigot, White Supremacist, evil Nazi hater, that wants to exterminate everyone that isn’t White.

      Case in point: Four-time gold medalist Michael Johnson said in a T.V documentary that he believes blacks are genetically superior when it comes to physical sports. There was very little in the way of ANY outrage. Imagine if anyone White had said anything of the sort about anyone White. They would be ostracized by their peers, their colleagues and would most probably be out of work.

      • me

        October 6, 2012 at 3:14 am

        I agree that we need to lighten up and not make such a big deal about being politically correct…. on one condition…
        that is as long as the person is making an argument / thought / idea / etc. that is meaningful in some way…

        now i didnt read this article carefully nor do i care that much but just for an example… saying a dead head on a stick looks similar to a president or anyone else is just plain rude and disrespectful, and it should reflect poorly on the person who said it

      • superman

        October 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

        Correction…Statistically Asians excel at business, Science, Mathematics, and Industry.

        Case in point: Keep your unconscious racist beliefs to yourself.

      • superman

        October 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

        …and this (statistically speaking) is due to their culture and educational system. My opinions are kept out, just as yours should be if you are to make an educated comment and not a racial remark.

      • Nick

        November 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

        reading comprehension superman….. “Statistically Caucasians excel at business, Science, Mathematics and Industry more so than African Americans.” key part of that sentence being “more so than”. Meaning the first group was being directly compared to the second group and only the second group. Thanks for playing.

      • Jason Frailey, the super cool

        November 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

        You got him. And he said nothing about culture and educational system, or financial situations, so they obviously are not considered exempt from the statistics. ‘Superman’ perfectly illustrated the way people attack others by calling them racists and putting them on the defensive, so much so that it gets unappealing to even talk about real problems that African-Americans or any other people are going through.

  2. Le Freak

    July 8, 2012 at 12:40 am

    how bout it was obama’s head, you effing moron

    • LocalHero

      November 29, 2012 at 6:07 am

      Wouldn’t bother me if it was Obama’s, Lincoln’s or George Washington.

  3. Leon

    July 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    That ead could have been anyone’s head, theres probably alot of people with a head shaped that way, why should you make a fuss about crap like that?

  4. coaster

    July 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    That was a decent little article, but it went a bit weird at the end…

  5. Morgue

    July 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I always thought it was the head of Septa Mordane…seemed like a no-brainer. That is her head scarfing after all.

  6. Saintly

    July 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Where’s George Bush head? I don’t see it.
    Its not even obvious enough for me to even look for it.

    Seriously this “Us and Them” mentality in politics and other parts of our daily life culture needs to stop.
    Its no wonder we can’t have a civil conversation these days without going into “road rage” like shetfests. Its absolutely absurd.

    We should be more resolved with our differences, stand united than being divided, otherwise prejudice, discrimination, and racism will never go away.

  7. Rob

    August 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Hypocrisy, double standards and blatant political posturing best describes this sophomoric prank. Am I offended by it? No! I do however find it more of the same childish, temper tantrum throwing behavior from those people that can’t clearly defend the issues they hold so dear. This is the equivalent of sticking your tongue out at a sibling that you disagree with.

    As much as I find President Obama’s policies and ideology abhorrent to me I would never disrespect the office or the person of the presidency. Something that the directors and producers at HBO should try sometime.

    • RogerWorkman

      November 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Are you high?

    • Sutter Cane

      December 1, 2012 at 5:37 am

      They didn’t use a mold of Bushes head. If anything it looks like the old woman that takes care of Sansa. Get a grip you paranoid right-wing nutjob.

  8. Vesna 春子 Sunrider

    August 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

    As Shakespear would say, “much ado about nothing” is what the HBO’s been forced to do.

  9. momkatietim

    September 17, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Just imagine if the head had ‘resembled’ the sainted Barack…

    • LocalHero

      November 29, 2012 at 6:02 am

      On what planet is he a saint or been “sainted”?

    • Sutter Cane

      December 1, 2012 at 5:39 am

      Then people would go “hmm, that’s weird” and go about their lives.

      While you conservatives would hoot and holler as if it’s somehow ripping into Obama.

  10. Telly Likatis

    September 25, 2012 at 12:00 am

    The whole “why is it alright for black people to say ‘nigger'” issue was innapropriate to mention in your article. You made your point just fine without going there. I have always thought it is culturally ignorant for any Caucasian to even care about the issue. Why do we need to be able to say nigger? Why shouldn’t black people be allowed to say it? I don’t think even one black person anywhere, ever has used the word nigger in a bigoted context toward another member of said race. Realistically its barely possible (except in the case of Dave Chappelle’s blind black white supremacist skit). In my opinion, being Caucasian and caring about any black person saying the word “nigger” (usually “nigga” anyhow) is not an issue of double standard. Usually it comes off as veiled racism. There are legitimate cultural reasons memes of the black community use the word in this day and age, and there are legitimate reasons that in most cases a Caucasian person should not. Perhaps you should read a bit more on the issue and perhaps have the courage and propriety to intelligently discuss the issue in depth with black people willing to provide some knowledge as to why this is a perfectly acceptable cultural trope in our day and age. You have an important and sensitive platform as an author, and should exercise greater care in the issues you choose to illustrate your thoughts and ideas. Don’t forget the responsibility inherent to being a public thinker. For the record, I myself am Caucasian.

    And as for the other commenter who discussed this topic and agrees with the author, interesting how you capitalize “White” twice in your response, and not “black.” Unintentional perhaps, but even if, probably a Freudian slip of some sort.

  11. Blue Panther

    October 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

    This story was utterly stupid and a complete waste of time. The head did not look to me like that asshole George Bush.

    • RogerWorkman

      November 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      +1. George W Bush, who was a HUGE ass-hole and consummate Douche-bag, bears little resemblance to the head on that stake. I honestly don’t see it.

  12. Ace

    October 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    If ANYBODY’S head needs to be put on a stake it should be NoBama’s!!

  13. RogerWorkman

    November 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    The comments on this article are fascinating.

    The article itself; less so. Some directors made a goofy remark and a bunch of butt-hurt people wrote e-mails, so the producers had to cover their asses. Hardly news.

    “WHAT IF THAT HEAD HAD RESEMBLED OBAMA’S HEAD THE LIBERAL MEDIA WOULD BE HAVING A FIELD DAY.” Then what? What would that prove, if that hypothetical came true and proved you right?

    I mean… it isn’t Obama’s head, it’s Bush’s – and they’re *STILL* having their field day. You’re not “holding the mirror up for society.” Your hypothetical is irrelevant, because the “then” statement is not hypothetical, but factual.

    This is a story about easily-distracted, thin-skinned douchebags and the artists and producers who have to put up with them. What you’re doing is closer to “holding the microscope up in front of society’s temporarily clogged poors.”

    There are no “PC Police.” Your need to upset people is your fault, and not a sign of some movement devoted to shaming you personally. The fact that you upset a bunch of people probably does not say anything about society. More likely, it says something about you personally – you and your weird, attention-seeking behavioral issues. When people get upset (ie, when you UPSET THEM), they’re gonna react. Different people are gonna get upset about different things, depending on what their triggers are and which set of triggers you shit all over.

    It’s not a police force. It’s a collection of human beings.

  14. RogerWorkman

    November 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    And btw, author Vesna Sunrider – that was Elbert Hubbard ( who said that, and not Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (

  15. Vesna 春子 Sunrider

    November 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    If you pay better attention, dear guest, in the article appears exactly ELBERT Hubbard. Thank you for following, though (^^)

  16. LocalHero

    November 29, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Really? Who cares if it looks like George W (it doesn’t) and, as far as I’m concerned, waaaaaaaay TOO much respect is shown to these war criminals and figurehead of the crime family of the United States (Bush AND Obomber).

  17. Sutter Cane

    December 1, 2012 at 5:36 am

    I think you’ll find that the very political framing conservatives that use “political correctness” as an insult or attack upon someones character are the ones complaining about the mere idea this could be Bushes head. IE: Conservatives.

    Nobody the ridiculous term politically correct” is aimed at has a problem with the idea being true or not.

  18. Cluckity Cluck

    December 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    so freakin’ gay

  19. grunt

    January 3, 2013 at 5:54 am

    First world problems

  20. brucknerbucko

    January 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    That head looks far more like Richard Wagner (Germanic composer) than GWB…

  21. EscRtist

    January 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    GEORGE BUSH?!?!? I thought they meant Armored Saint’s frontman John Bush. No, really I did!!!

  22. Steve

    January 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    WtF? at the last part she all of a sudden goes on a tangent about blacks and the term nigger. Blacks in America call themselves Nigga, as a term to take something that is considered negative and make it positive. If your wondering why they make such a big deal about it, its because idiots like the poster who wrote this article don’t understand these fundamental differences, and repeat racist derogatory terms.

  23. Vesna Sunrider

    January 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    The biggest idiots are quick to name others ‘idiots’, said someone very wise…

    As for those readers who didn’t bother to read or try to understand the explanation – which is pretty clear, for those who think with more than 1% of their brain and don’t take things as they appear to be – I won’t even bother to respond.

    My need to upset people? *laughs* Errr no, my need is to see things as they are. My personal opinion on the subject is also given in the text, also very clear. And if THAT upsets someone, well, THAT is NOT my fault, and I don’t have to apologise to every Tom, Dick and Harry for what I am.

    @grunt: Nicely summed up :)

    *grabs popcorn and gets ready for fire and brimstone hailing this way*

  24. Vesna Sunrider

    January 27, 2013 at 7:37 pm

  25. K1i1

    May 24, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I wasn’t so worried about that head’s vague resemblance to George W Bush- what really offended me was the head on a spike they showed in episode 10, which bore a disturbingly close resemblance to the famous British actor, Sean Bean. Frankly it’s just sick, Sean Bean is a living human being and using a head that looked like his is just so disrespectful.

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