Obama-Masked Killers on 'True Blood'
A response to W-head-on-a-stick in 'Game of Thrones'?
Does HBO have an equal time rule regarding President-bashing?
On Sunday's "True Blood," Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), Luna Garza (Janina Gavankar) and her daughter-turned-werewolf, Emma (Chloe Noelle), were shot at by thugs wearing masks of President Barack Obama.
This comes less than a month after it was revealed that, in a Season 1 episode of "Game of Thrones," a likeness of former President George W. Bush appeared as one of several decapitated heads on spikes. (The head was shown, accompanied by commentary, on a first-season DVD box set. HBO apologized for the bad taste of the show's producers, discontinued the box set and digitally altered the head for future airings.)
The Obama masks weren't nearly as offensive. However, the timing of the scene has stirred Internet speculation from those who consider it strange.
“It’s a complete and utter coincidence and one show has nothing to do with the other,” an HBO spokesperson told Deadline.
"True Blood" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.