These ‘Game of Thrones’ Campaign Ads Help Us Cope With the Impending Election
Winter is coming… and by "winter," we mean the impending 2012 Presidential election and all the insane campaigning that is about to go with it. No matter your politics or investment in said election, we can mostly agree on a few things, among them that that nasty attack ads get old really fast and that Game of Thrones is awesome, or at least certainly more awesome than attack ads.
(Obligatory spoilers warning here.)
Seeing as nowadays, the political discourse in the land of Westeros is only slightly less volatile than that in 2012 America, the team at Mother Jones have created a series of mock electoral attack ads for three of the would-be young monarchs from the HBO series. Joffrey Baratheon, the bastard son of twins Jaime and Cersei Lannister, is pegged with a birth-certificate problem (and declared a "bastard" by actors playing the townsfolk), Robb Stark’s celebrity, family scandals and inexperience bring him down and Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen is declared an unfit queen for palling around with "Dothraki terrorists" and keeping her baby dragons in an unlocked wooden box.
In a few places, MoJo’s satire hits pretty close to home. The Robb Stark attack ad (which uncannily resembles a real attack ad focused on President Obama’s "celebrity") was paid for by "Crossbows GPS." Well done.
Joffrey Baratheon: Where Is The Birth Certificate?
Robb Stark: The Biggest Celebrity In The North
Daenerys Targaryen: Wrong For Dragons, Wrong for the Realm