President Donald Trump celebrated what he called a “good day” Thursday by tweeting an image of himself amid a cloud of smoke, with the caption, “No collusion. No obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats— Game Over.”
The meme used a font style similar to that commonly used by HBO’s mega-hit series, “Game of Thrones.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
Well, it didn’t take long for HBO to respond, issuing a statement that did not specifically mention the president, but was clear that it did not want its intellectual property used for political purposes.
“Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes,” the premium network said in the statement, according to The Hill.
This from the network that featured the likeness of former President George W. Bush’s head on a spike in Season 1 of “Game of Thrones,” back in 2012.
While Jofrrey shows Sansa Septa Mordane's head on a spike, you can see another head behind it which resembles the head of former president George W. Bush. When this was revealed as their intentions in a DVD commentary, some fans were so upset that it had to be digitally altered pic.twitter.com/YUok1lKqsm
— Game of Thrones Facts (@thronesfacts) January 5, 2018
Granted, HBO did apologize after the fact and promised to remove the image from any future production. But plenty of political junkies had their suspicions about the Bush-like head at the time since Bush derangement syndrome was rampant, although it seems tame in comparison to TDS.
“We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste,” HBO said at the time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We made this clear to the executive producers of the series, who apologized immediately for this inadvertent, careless mistake.”
Trump posted the meme after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which showed no evidence of collusion with Russian and did not enough evidence to conclude that he obstructed justice.
However, the president was not the only elected official employing a Game of Thrones theme this week, leaving the possibility that HBO may not have been targeting him — or, at least, not him alone.
Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., created a hilarious campaign ad that plays off a popular scene from the show.
Running against Louisiana Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards, the ad is a spoof of Abraham taking on fake news and liberal politicians, to include Edwards.
In the scene — which was part of the ninth episode of the sixth season of the HBO fantasy series — main character Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) finds himself alone against an army. Rather than turn and run, he chooses to stand his ground and draw his sword against the onslaught of men riding against him on horseback. At the last-minute, he is saved by an ally force.
In Abraham’s ad, he has replaced Snow’s face with his own. Bel Edwards, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-MA) all appear on the opposing side.
The ally force being a Make America Great Again army, of course!
As for HBO, the network didn’t get much sympathy online… here’s a sampling of some of the responses from Twitter:
“Intellectual” and HBO are oxymoronic.
— tonyphockey (@Piscottas_Way) April 19, 2019
HBO just got a boatload of free effing press and they want to bitch about? They should have sent a thank you note.
— Colorado RedTraci (@goptraci) April 19, 2019
*Unless it were a Democrat
— Steve Trumpolov?? (@WFChamps) April 18, 2019
From another thread but needed to be here as well pic.twitter.com/trKzpEU0Ou
— Geek Toy Love (@GeekToyLove) April 18, 2019
I’m sorry, but the phrase, “Game Over,” was around LONG before Game of Thrones. It’s referenced in several movies. Alien series being one, with Sigourney Weaver.
— Lynette McEndarfer (@LynetteMcEndarf) April 19, 2019
They don’t own the term “game over” if anyone owns that term it’s nintindo lol. I think them trying to say trump didn’t ask permission is moronic. We live in a free country last I checked we were allowed to make memes even the president!
— ಠ_ಠ (@uuseerrnameee) April 19, 2019
HBO needs to relax and enjoy the free publicity. But I suppose bitching heightens it.
— Todd Yancey (@yancey_todd) April 19, 2019
HBO is political propaganda.
— Punishedmuffin (@punishedmuffin) April 19, 2019
HBO should pay Trump for free ad.
— johngalt60 (@johngalt602) April 19, 2019
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