Wait, is that…? HBO apologizes for using decapitated Bush head
June 14th, 2012
10:16 AM ET
3 years ago

Wait, is that…? HBO apologizes for using decapitated Bush head

(CNN) – HBO issued an apology Wednesday after astute observers of the popular show "Game of Thrones" noticed a familiar silhouette on a decapitated head atop a spike.

A prop head of former President George W. Bush, wearing a long stringy wig and covered in mud, was one of several severed parts featured in the scene, which came in the final episode of the show's first season. The medieval series chronicles often-bloody struggles between families for control of the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

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The head may have disappeared into the background had the shows creators not mentioned it in the DVD commentary.

"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," one of the creators says.

HBO and CNN share a parent company, Time Warner. On Wednesday, the network issued a statement apologizing for the head.

"We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste," the network said in a statement. "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.”

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    No excuses ... absolutely disgusting.

    June 14, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Marie MD

    I don't like the shrub and he did to the country and the e anomy what will take years to fix, but even I find it offensive.

    June 14, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    How stupidly tasteless.
    Then again, what can you expect in a country that's running a lying, vulture capitalist flip-flopper like Romney for President.
    America, land of the free, home to a whole lot of dummies.

    June 14, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Obama fan

    Aas much as I hate Bush this was completely and absolutley wrong!

    June 14, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Candcie

    There was absolutely NO EXCUSE for this kind of actions. It's appalling and WRONG!

    June 14, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Fitting place for where his head should be. I noticed this during the episode. Posted it all over my Facebook page. At least they gave him some long hair.

    June 14, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. roscoe66

    What if that had been a copy of 0bamas head even after he loses in 2012. All you would here is...Dat be racist. My god,the NAACP, Sharpton,Jackson,the NBPP, what a hey day they would have. Poor taste HBO.

    June 14, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Peace

    No one can agree with this one. It was horrible and in very, very bad taste.

    Nevertheless, he has no difference with those who are sitting on studio and talk nonsense. Watching Morning Joe on MSNBC today, I could not stop shaking my head to hear what people were talking there. For example Dan Deutsche saying if the bad news about economy continues that is the end of Pres. Obama's presidency. Gosh & Gee, we need to hear from people who are thinking and giving reasons. These are people who said they heard bad news about economy in 2008 and McCain was not elected. Now it seems they put it in Pres. Obama's turn. For how long this kind of game continue? Will it be in four years to come be Romney's turn incase he is elected??

    June 14, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. tibs

    How is it offensive? What if they used just some random guys head, is that offensive? What if they didnt mention it, would it still be offensive? What if it was CGI? Is that offensive?

    Its a tv series, its not real, it doesnt matter, its a good show.

    Relax, youll live longer.

    June 14, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. rh

    Not for nothing, but why isn't anyone calling racism?

    If it were anyone but a white guy's head, people would be screaming for HBO to be boycotted.

    (I am very anti-Bush, less so now that he isn't President, but come on, these are lean times and a fake head is a fake head)

    June 14, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Bush is the modern day Joffrey Baratheon.

    June 14, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. judy

    disgusting and I was no bush fan. WE need to treat all our presidents with respect whether we agree with their politics or not. Shame on HBO

    June 14, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    How stupidly tasteless.
    Then again, what can you expect in a country that's running a lying, vulture capitalist flip-flopper like Romney for President. America, land of the free, home to a whole lot of dummies.
    =========================================================================================
    You just can't resist can you??? But on the bright side, it looks like you're beginning to accept the reality of what is coming in November.

    June 14, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    That is as disgusting as crazy crap that FL pastor Terry Evans does.

    June 14, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Didn't they also put out a movie that depicted George Bush being shot or assassinated??? Yeah, funny how all these "mistakes" only happen with Republican Presidents. Just more of Hollywood doing what it can to further the leftist cause.

    June 14, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. bt man

    roscoe66 says "What if ..."

    but they didn't, though.

    June 14, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. bilk7

    Everyone's getting upset over something nobody noticed, until one of the creators mentioned it? Was it in poor taste? Yes but for FOX and other right wing groups to run with this now is ridiculous. It was one of the top stories on FOX and Friends this morning.

    June 14, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    They had various heads lying around, really? That is kind of funny but should have thought about it more. No president deserves that. I didn't like George W. Bush then or now because he never really thought about things enough (or well enough).

    June 14, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Ew. That picture gives me goose bumps.

    June 14, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. No plan + no solution + always complaining = GOP

    It's a show for goodness sake. If the GOP is crying foul they should denounce all of the disparaging images and comments made about our current president.

    June 14, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Juan

    I am a liberal Democrat. I felt that George W.Bush was one of the worst presidents in terms of foreign policy, domestic policy, and fiscal policy. But i am offended by this image of Bush. We need to show dignity and respect everyone of our Presidents. "GAME OF THRONES" MUST BE BOYCOTTED FOR THAT AWFUL DISPLAY!!!

    June 14, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. read

    "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," one of the creators says.

    June 14, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Ray E. (Georgia)

    First of all I don't think anyone at HBO is sorry. Maybe they are seeing the Ghost of Christmas past and the coming disaster for the country after 75 years of Big Liberal Programs that have completely failed. Wow, Bush told you to get a life and take charge of you own nest. So get a life and take personal responsibility. Those that hate Bush only hate themselves.

    June 14, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. marisombra

    This shows how desperate the liberals are...ha ha ha

    June 14, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. DJ

    No matter how much a person may disagree with or dislike a President, there is no reason for this form of disrespect. This went to far!!

    June 14, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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