Don’t mess with the warriors of HBO’s hit Game of Thrones, even if you’re the president.
On Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of himself overlaid with the familiar Game of Thrones-style font, and the words “Sanctions Are Coming,” a twist on the show’s famous slogan, “Winter Is Coming.” The president is presumably referring to reimposing tough sanctions on Iran. But he didn’t have permission from HBO to copy the show’s trademark, and Westeros is not happy.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2018
Officially, the network issued a statement saying, “We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.”
But on Twitter, various Game of Thrones representatives had more lively reactions. HBO’s official account responded with a tweet referring to one of the show’s fictional languages, writing, “How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?”
How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?
— HBO (@HBO) November 2, 2018
Cast members reacted negatively also, with Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, shooting back, “Not today.”
Not today. https://t.co/Jg51mGHPO1
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) November 2, 2018
That’s of course from a lesson taught to Arya by her believed-dead fencing teacher,. Syrio told her, “There is only one God, and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: ‘Not today.'”
Arya’s on-screen sister Sansa, or at least her portrayer, Sophie Turner, had a short-but-sweet reply as well. She responded with two letters: “Ew.”
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) November 2, 2018
This isn’t the only recent time that Trump and Thrones have intermingled. Last month, author George R.R. Martin, whose Song of Ice and Fire book series is the basis for the show,that the president reminds him of one of his characters, cruel King Joffrey Baratheon, who was murdered at his own wedding.
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