Politicians are calling for a boycott of HBO's fantasy series Game of Thrones after the creator's 'despicable' decision to include former President George W. Bush's severed head in several scenes.
In the tenth episode of the first season, Mr Bush's decapitated head is seen impaled on a wooden spike, covered in filthy long hair and slathered in dirt.
HBO and the show's creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have apologized for the incident.
Mr Benioff and Mr Weiss, who noted the appearance in the series' DVD commentary, insist it wasn't a political statement - just a prop they got from a production company.
But the image has provoked outrage from at least one Republican politician and a backlash on Twitter.
Spiked: Former U.S. President George W. Bush makes a surprise appearance on HBO's fantasy series Game of Thrones, or at least, part of him does
HBO called the scene '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 company said in a statement.
The creators said the regret pointing out that one of their prosthetic heads looked like the former president. They said the rent prosthetic body parts in bulk and no on even noticed the head looked like Bush's until after they were done shooting the scene.
The finale of the first season of Game of Thrones, Fire and Blood, one of the series' beloved characters Ned Stark is beheaded by new king Jeoffrey for treason.
In one brutal scene, King Jeoffrey brings his bride-to-be to gaze upon the severed head of her father.
Sansa Stark refuses at first, but then looks up to see not only her father, but also George W. Bush.
The surprise sighting went largely noticed until a user on Reddit pointed out the presidential prop.
Sighting: In the tenth episode of the first season, Mr Bush's decapitated head is barely recognizable impaled on a wooden spike, covered in filthy long hair and slathered in dirt
Controversy: Show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss noted the appearance in the series' DVD commentary, insisting it wasn't a political statement - just a prop
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.'
Game of Thrones creators
'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.'
Craig Eaton, chairman of the Brooklyn Republican Party, was disgusted by the former president's 'appearance' on the show.
Memories: When the show's creators revisit the scene in the DVD commentary, they make sure viewers notice the former Head of State
Joke? Game of Thrones creators D.B Weiss and David Benioff said that George W. Bush's head was just 'lying around' and appeared in multiple scenes
'I think that it's despicable. As a country, Democrats, Republicans, we have to have respect for the office and the individuals,' Mr Eaton said to the Mail Online. 'Once we lose that respect, the United States looks weak.'
He continued: 'Think about what people outside the country think when they see how Americans are disparaging their own former presidents.'
Outrage: Brooklyn Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton is calling for a boycott of the show
Mr Eaton said that he's not familiar with the show, but that he doesn't have plans to tune in any time soon.
'Americans of all political persuasions should stand up and demand that things like this should not continue. They should boycott watching this particular show.'
Chairman of the Brooklyn Republican Party, Craig Eaton
'Whether you like him or dislike him, whether you're of the same political persuasion or not, we still have to respect the office of the presidency and all of those who hold that presidency,' Mr Eaton said.
He said that even he would never condone President Barack Obama's head being impaled for a television show.
'Americans of all political persuasions should stand up and demand that things like this should not continue,' Mr Eaton said. 'They should boycott watching this particular show.'
When told that the creators of the show didn't mean to make a political statement, Mr Eaton said they should still be ashamed. ''It doesn't matter what their intent is,' he said.
'They didn't intend it to be political, but now that it is, they should remove it.'
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