HBO Scrambles to Mitigate Damage From George W. Bush Severed Head Controversy

Jun 15, 2012  •  Post A Comment

HBO has taken a number of steps aimed at mitigating the damage from a controversy that flared up when it was revealed that the image of the severed head of President George W. Bush appears in an episode of “Game of Thrones,” Deadline.com reports.

severedbushhead.jpgThe pay-cable channel has pulled Episode 10 of the show, in which the head appears, from all digital platforms, including HBO Go and iTunes, the story reports. It has also halted shipments of the DVD box set, which features the commentary by series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in which they call attention to the head.

The channel and the show creators have already issued apologies, as we reported yesterday. Today HBO followed up with an even stronger statement, saying: “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 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.”


  1. Kind of a stupid thing for the producers to do, allowing this.
    But it’s not like Bush was using it… LOL

  2. Typical HBO. Bill Maher is an angry liveral, Larry David urinates on a picture of Jesus, and now this. You don’t think they have an agenda?

  3. Sure, HBO has an agenda.Get people to pay enormous amounts of money for their service. I think anybody who tries to read anything more into this need to adjust the tin foil in their hat.

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