HBO Condemns Trump’s Use Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ Imagery — Again
In response to the release of the Russia investigation report compiled under the direction of special counsel Robert Mueller, President Donald Trump tweeted out a meme on Thursday of himself using imagery from the popular HBO program “Game of Thrones.”
HBO appeared none-too-happy about it on Thursday, per reporting from The Verge.
Trump’s tweet came moments after Attorney General William Barr concluded a controversial press conference discussing Mueller’s report, which was released about an hour later. The wording in the image that featured Trump stated, “No Collusion. No Obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats — Game Over.”
Lest there was any confusion over what show the Trump team was trying to emulate, the font of the words was written in the same typeface as used on “Game of Thrones.”
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) April 18, 2019
After the meme was produced, it seemed that HBO took notice — and took Trump to task for misusing the style from their show.
“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,” a spokesperson from HBO said.
This is not the first time that HBO has responded to Trump misusing their property, as the president’s social media team had previously created another meme referencing “Game of Thrones” last year. Trump, in November, tweeted an image that read “Sanctions are Coming,” a reference to the popular phrase “Winter is Coming” from the program, but directed by Trump toward Iran over their nuclear program.
HBO responded then by issuing a tweet of their own, asking: “How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?” per reporting from Hollywood Reporter.