The Trump administration is no stranger to appropriating pop culture for their own means before being asked to cut the shit. Very recently, both Pharrell Williams and the ghost of Prince told Trump and his shady crew to stop using their music at his signature stir-em’-up-with-self-delusion rallies. This week, some tool on Trump’s social media team thought it would be laffy to steal from Game of Thrones to preview the reinstating of sanctions against Iran. Because if there’s a time for dopey memes, it’s when you’re negotiating extremely sensitive diplomacy around nuclear fucking weapons. Anyway, HBO followed Pharrell and spectral Prince by telling Trump to stop using their Game of Thrones concepts, their font, and any excitement over their final season.
This mess went up on Instagram yesterday.
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The BBC reports that even the White Walkers over at HBO frowned upon such butchery.
HBO, the US network that produced Game of Thrones, was unimpressed, saying: “We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.”
The one good thing to come out of this Nightmare Before, During, And After Christmas presidential administration is that every naysayer’s comedy skills have been sharpened for slashing at each and every example of tone-deaf idiocy that plops out of the White House and on to the Internet.
“How do you say trademark abuse in Dothraki,” one wrote, referring to the fictional language used in the fantasy series.
Winter is already here though. pic.twitter.com/NS9XFRWx3P
— سِمیکالن ? (@S3micolon) November 2, 2018
And the cast got involved as well. When Sophie Turner isn’t about to end the X-Men as Dark Phoenix, she plays GoT’s Sansa Stark and all she had to say was “ew.” And her co-star agreed.
Not today. https://t.co/Jg51mGHPO1
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) November 2, 2018
And this dude summed it up pretty well.
His “Sanctions Are Coming” GoT tweet is so absurd. I can’t even believe that it’s real. I can’t believe that I can still be surprised by how ridiculous this man is while the Republicans sit idly by.
— deray (@deray) November 2, 2018
In their defense (which is loathsome to type) at least they ripped off a show that is still relevant. This is the administration who could only get Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down to play its inauguration. It’s surprising that they didn’t use a meme from John From Cincinnati or Lucky Louie.