HBO Responds to Trump's Latest Game of Thrones-Themed Tweet


HBO has responded to President Donald Trump's use of a Game of Thrones-inspired meme on Twitter.

Following a Thursday morning press conference where he responded the public release of a redacted version of the Mueller Report, Trump once again invoked the design aesthetic of the hit series with a meme using the TV show's signature font that read: "No collusion. No obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats — Game Over."

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However, HBO indicated, once more, that it would not like its intellectual property used in political issues. "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," the network said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

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This isn't the first time HBO has warned Trump about using Game of Thrones-related media, as he appropriated the HBO trademark late last year and delivered a warning to Iran about reimposing all U.S. sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. The meme said, "Sanctions are coming," which was a riff on the series' popular catchphrase, "Winter is coming."

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“We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes," HBO issued in a statement back then, to which they never sought legal action. Trump's social media team also recently ran afoul of Warner Bros. by using Hans Zimmer's iconic theme from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises in a video, which ended up being taken down due to copyright infringement.

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