Remember when PM Narendra Modi used a Star Wars quote during a concert? People were considerably surprised! But not shocked or disgusted, chiefly because it was in a lighter mood, in informal settings and meant to add a little fun quotient to the evening. But what Donald Trump, President of the United States, recently pulled with a Game of Thrones meme was quite the contrary, and left his people feeling utterly irked.
Yesterday, the POTUS tweeted a kind of poster of himself, with a play on the popular ‘Winter is coming’ catchphrase from Game of Thrones superimposed on it.
The United States has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda! https://t.co/0yuYgpvq5i
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 2, 2018
For reference, the sanctions refer to the US Government’s annoucement earlier that it will be reimposing new sanctions on Iran, which were discontinued after the 2015 nuclear deal. These new sanctions which are ‘coming’ will cover Iran’s shipping, financial and the extremely critical energy sectors.
While the above news is already high in its shock value, the belittling of the entire issue by using a catchphrase from a popular TV show and proclaiming it in meme format has angered a lot of people.
Twitter unleashed its firebreathing dragon-trolls on the White Walker-ish tweet faster than Daenerys could say ‘Dracarys’.
After all, the people of the United States have had so much practice since Trump became president!
Either I took a shit ton of drugs, or I'm legitimately going crazy, because there's no way that President of the United States just tweeted that. https://t.co/VACQw0Mjj7
— Andrew Damitio, Market Environmentalist 🏗🌐 (@andrewdamitio) November 2, 2018
Sure it’s not a parody account? Sure.
Thought this was a parody account for a minute. Nope. https://t.co/2MOe6icHWI
— Eric Russell (@PPHEricRussell) November 2, 2018
The US governance is dark and full of terrors.
It appears the governing of the United States has changed from a reality TV show into a fantasy TV show. https://t.co/bUoNRwJoqu
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 2, 2018
You know nothing, Dave.
i'm starting to question whether we are a grown-up, adult country https://t.co/vsnJjev3d2
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 2, 2018
The outrageous GoT references in reactions were just hitting the sweet spot every single time!
After all GoT is the perfect show to talk about politics!
Samantha Bee just said what everyone was thinking about!
Joffrey grew up. https://t.co/hpL8fjze0j
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) November 2, 2018
Now where is Tyrion to slap Joffrey when you need it?
Aiden Gillen (just like Jack Gleeson aka Joffrey) is a fantastic actor who made is truly hate Lord Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish, because the script required him to. We wonder what’s Trump’s excuse?
— Jemaine Clement (@AJemaineClement) November 2, 2018
Oh the littlefingers were in reference to Trump’s own fingers, FYI.
Waiting for this scene like….
Eric will shoot him with a crossbow when he’s on the toilet. https://t.co/PNaSD6bx0o
— Jonathan Green (@GreenJ) November 3, 2018
Burn them all! Burn them all! (We mean Trump’s tweets)
When you wanna be Jon Snow but you're actually the Mad King.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) November 2, 2018
You know nothing, Donald Trump.
Should someone tell him White Walkers are the bad guys? https://t.co/G7H7PI6lI3
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) November 2, 2018
Hey, nobody wants to read that book/watch that show.
A Song of ICE and You're Fired https://t.co/0UT5olNqJ5
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) November 2, 2018
Some tweets got real and savage.
Donald Trump is a literal White Walker, fear-mongering, war-mongering, and championing division at every opportunity for political gain. https://t.co/QApo9LX6DA
— NIAC (@NIACouncil) November 2, 2018
Like he's ever made anything come. https://t.co/y5szpmHjLx
— Miles Kahn (@mileskahn) November 2, 2018
The Dark Ages end?
Fuck. Granddad’s discovered memes. https://t.co/ElrzJuBMlM
— Adam Kay (@amateuradam) November 2, 2018
“It’d be funny if it weren’t so scary and pathetic.”
The most powerful nation on Earth is now reduced to conducting nation state deterrence through internet memes. It'd be funny if it wasn't so scary and pathetic. https://t.co/MyyVLfrDYD
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) November 2, 2018
One of my favourite tweets from the lot, with a quote from the book that so perfectly describes the Trump presidency.
"We've had vicious kings and we've had idiot kings, but I don't know if we've ever been cursed with a vicious idiot boy king." – Tyrion Lannister https://t.co/hKwEQgsc8Q
— Jae Greenwald (@jaegreenwald) November 2, 2018
I think it’s a unanimous agreement that Donald Trump is Joffrey, and even George RR Martin has once said in an interview that he thinks Trump and Joffrey share similar traits.
Basically, fan or not, everyone just felt really really bad for Game of Thrones at that moment.
game of thrones SWEETIE IM SO SORRY OH MY GOD https://t.co/yRjUsYVSQD
— robs (@laufeyhela) November 2, 2018
Thanks for ruining it for fans!
Speaking of, HBO was equally, if not more, irked that Donald Trump decided to use a quote of their show to forward such an agenda. And they made sure they siced both fire and ice dragons on the tweet with their own response!
In a statement to CNN, HBO clarified,
“We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.”
They followed the above 9th-episode level statement with a grand finale 10th episode-level clapback on Twitter!
How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?
— HBO (@HBO) November 2, 2018
If Trump thought No One would be offended by that tweet, he was right. Because Arya Stark of Winterfell, whose house’s words had so been befilched by Trump, had a rather stern reaction to it too.
Maisie Williams tweeted two words from the show that were enough to shut down the Trump’s tweet.
Not today. https://t.co/Jg51mGHPO1
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) November 2, 2018
The final and most epic shutdown came from the OG, George RR Martin himself. He sent a raven with a very important message to everyone using a classic quote from his book.
— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) November 2, 2018
I guess Donald Trump now knows something—When you play (with) The Game of Thrones (memes), you either win or you die (at the hands of trolls). Shame!