HBO asks President Donald Trump, again, not to use Game of Thrones on Twitter as a way to send political messages.
Trump tweeted a meme about the release of Special Adviser Robert Mueller's report on his investigation of the Trump and Russia campaign during the 2016 elections. The main source shown in the image below is directly drawn from the series. Popular from HBO. This is not the first time that Trump uses a meme from Game of Thrones to address a controversy in which he is involved, but HBO has issued a statement asking the president to stop.
"Although we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer that our intellectual property is not used for political purposes," said an HBO spokesperson Bloomberg .
Trump's Twitter account is often full of memes, many of which appear in subreddits such as r / The_Donald before they reach their source, but HBO has previously requested that Trump refrain from using the intellectual property of his program to promote a political agenda. In November, Trump tweeted a different meme from Game of Thrones using the infamous tweet program source, "Sanctions are coming." The slogan was based on the House Stark slogan. ", Which is frequently referenced in the program." The meme was intended to refer to Trump's reimposition sanctions in Iran.
HBO responded at that time with his own tweet : " How do you say the misuse of a trademark in Dothraki? "
In both cases, this, the use of Game of thrones by Trump in memes is a way to take advantage of a popular moment and a instantly recognizable and respected brand.But it is also a way to declare power and take an aggressive stance against the people he considers his enemies. Game of Thrones is, in its essence, a story about the elimination of political opponents in an attempt to take the Iron Throne and conquer a kingdom. The message that underlines is that Trump is reaching the top – Game Over .
As Adi Robertson of The Verge wrote anteri "Trump is the presidential version of 4chan denizens that adopts Bane and the Joker as patron saints: some men want to see the world burn, others salivate at the prospect of hitting protesters."