George W. Bush
's head appeared on billions of TV sets during his time as US President, but never
Covered in a bushy wig, a prop of Bush's head on a stake appears in HBO's hit medieval series Game of Thrones, the show's creators revealed on the season one DVD commentary.
"People may not have noticed this but back up ... the last head on the left is George Bush," one writer said.
"George Bush's head appears in a couple beheading scenes," the other said. "It's not a choice. It's not a political statement. It's just we had to use whatever heads we had around."
In episode ten, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) shows his bride-to-be Sansa (Sophie Turner) the severed head of her father and other men killed under his reign at King's Landing. Watch above for Bush's blink-and-you'll-miss-it "cameo".
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Republicans complained about the beheaded Bush. Craig Eton, the chairman of the Brooklyn Republican Party, called for Americans to boycott the show, and wanted the "despicable" image to be removed.
"As a country, Democrats, Republicans, we have to have respect for the office and the individuals," he told Mail Online. "Once we lose that respect, the United States looks weak."
"They didn't intend it to be political, but now that it is, they should remove it."
The creators of the show, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have since issued an apology.
"We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologise if anything we said or did suggested otherwise," they said in a statement.
HBO released their own statement calling the incident "unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste", adding that it be will be removed from future DVDs.
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