Fake TV Controversies: 'Game of Thrones' Decapitates Bush and Lack of Diversity on 'Bunheads'
Thursday, June 14, 2012
People love getting their knickers in a bunch over the stupidest things,
and this week there are two HUGE TV controversies that aren't really
In the one corner we have Game of Thrones, which let it slip in a
DVD commentary that back in season 1, one of the heads one a spike was
that of former president George W. Bush. So naturally, people are
furious. Secondly, ABC Family's Bunheads premiered this week and Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes tweeted her dissatisfaction at the lack of diversity.
Bush-Gate on Game of Thrones
In a commentary on the season 1 DVD, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed that one of the heads on spikes was that of George W. Bush, claiming that it wasn't politically motivated, but just a simple budgetary issue because they used whatever heads they had lying around. HBO then released a statement about how it was "unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste." Way to have your show's back, HBO.
Benioff and Weiss then further apologized for the head, saying they didn't even realize it was there when it was being filmed.
As I see it, this is one of those ridiculous, fake controversies whose only purpose is to give 24-hour news networks something else to fill their days. If it weren't for the DVD commentary, this wouldn't even be an issue. It's not like someone discovered this hidden, political agenda in Game of Thrones. Second, even knowing that the head is Bush, I can't tell. No one who watches the show would ever be able to tell, so it's all completely meaningless.
But that won't stop FOX News pundits from claiming this is another bit of typical liberal media bias. And I'm sure they'll be quick to point out that if this was Barack Obama's head, everyone would be upset. Whatever. This fake media controversy plays itself out in a couple of days and nothing is accomplished by it. People need to stop wasting their time caring about this kind of stuff.
Diversity-Gate on Bunheads
Speaking of things people need to stop wasting their time caring about, Shonda Rhimes tweeted about the premiere of ABC Family's new ballet drama Bunheads by asking: "You couldn't cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show?"
She later tweeted responses to many complaints about her comment to clarify her position, but that doesn't change the ridiculousness of this comment. Does Rhimes really believe that EVERY SINGLE TV SHOW needs to have at least one person of color to represent diversity? In the words of Shonda Rhimes from Grey's Anatomy: Seriously?
I know race is a sensitive issue, but I wish it would become a non-issue. All that talk about us becoming a post-racial nation after electing Obama was clearly as ridiculous as the claims that irony was dead in a post-9/11 world.
If a show has people of color, that's fine. But demanding that every show have some type of diversity is ridiculous. And Rhimes' comment about letting her kids feel good about watching the show makes her sound even more foolish. Does she really only allow her kids to watch TV shows that feature diverse casts?
Quite frankly, I'd be more offended if Bunheads creator Amy-Sherman Palladino shoehorned in a dancer of color just for the sake of meeting some racial quota. That kind of tokenism rings false, and it's the kind of thing South Park brilliantly mocks by having its one black character be named Token.
Are you offended by the Game of Thrones decapitation of a president or Bunheads' lack of diversity? Or did you not even notice these things?
(Image courtesy of HBO)