Would it be a “political” statement if it was Obama’s head on a pike instead?

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Would it be a "political" statement if it was Obama's head on a pike instead?

This line from the NYT piece about putting George Bush’s head on a pike in the HBO series Game of Thrones is sim­ply amaz­ing:

In the audio com­men­tary on the Sea­son 1 DVD release of “Game of Thrones,” the show’s lead pro­duc­ers, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, pointed out that a scene show­ing the heads of sev­eral van­quished war­riors included Mr. Bush’s, obscured under a long wig but rec­og­niz­able in profile.

The last head on the left is George Bush,” the pro­duc­ers say in the audio com­men­tary. “George Bush’s head appears in a cou­ple behead­ing scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a polit­i­cal state­ment. It’s just, we had to use what heads we had around.”

Yeah there is no polit­i­cal state­ment at all hav­ing an ex president’s head on a pike. And with a bud­get of The Between $5060 mil­lion who has the money for a dif­fer­ent head.

As Glenn Reynolds notes in an e-​mail from a Jour­nal­ist:

A JOUR­NAL­IST READER WHOM I’M SURE WOULD PRE­FER ANONYMITY WRITES: “I know this game gets tired, but imag­ine, just imag­ine the months of fury, the global adver­tis­ing boy­cotts, the anguished Sen­ate inves­ti­ga­tions if a net­work did this with our cur­rent president.”

I don’t frankly expect much bet­ter from Hol­ly­wood but I think the idea its a given that a jour­nal­ist would surely pre­fer anonymity is a much more seri­ous indict­ment of our cul­ture than Hol­ly­wood left­ists act­ing like Hol­ly­wood leftists.

Update: And here comes the spin

No dis­re­spect intended, by putting his head on a pike and then brag­ging about it on the DVD com­men­tary? Not to go all gumshoe, but this new excuse doesn’t mesh with that com­men­tary. A chang­ing story indi­cates decep­tion. The apol­ogy now is one of those “We apol­o­gize if…” fake apologies.

The orig­i­nal com­men­tary says flatly that the head is George W. Bush. Now they’re say­ing that it just looks like him, and they only noticed that after shoot­ing the scenes. No one noticed the resem­blance before putting scrag­gly hair on the head and putting it on a pike? And no one noticed the resem­blance before using it in another scene with sev­ered heads?

This line from the NYT piece about putting George Bush’s head on a pike in the HBO series Game of Thrones is simply amazing:

In the audio commentary on the Season 1 DVD release of “Game of Thrones,” the show’s lead producers, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, pointed out that a scene showing the heads of several vanquished warriors included Mr. Bush’s, obscured under a long wig but recognizable in profile.

“The last head on the left is George Bush,” the producers say in the audio commentary. “George Bush’s head appears in a couple beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. It’s just, we had to use what heads we had around.”

Yeah there is no political statement at all having an ex president’s head on a pike. And with a budget of The Between $50-60 million who has the money for a different head.

As Glenn Reynolds notes in an e-mail from a Journalist:

A JOURNALIST READER WHOM I’M SURE WOULD PREFER ANONYMITY WRITES: “I know this game gets tired, but imagine, just imagine the months of fury, the global advertising boycotts, the anguished Senate investigations if a network did this with our current president.”

I don’t frankly expect much better from Hollywood but I think the idea its a given that a journalist would surely prefer anonymity is a much more serious indictment of our culture than Hollywood leftists acting like Hollywood leftists.

Update: And here comes the spin

No disrespect intended, by putting his head on a pike and then bragging about it on the DVD commentary? Not to go all gumshoe, but this new excuse doesn’t mesh with that commentary. A changing story indicates deception. The apology now is one of those “We apologize if…” fake apologies.

The original commentary says flatly that the head is George W. Bush. Now they’re saying that it just looks like him, and they only noticed that after shooting the scenes. No one noticed the resemblance before putting scraggly hair on the head and putting it on a pike? And no one noticed the resemblance before using it in another scene with severed heads?