Apr 27 2012

An Allegory of Thrones

Published by at 11:00 am under Images,Television

When you first started reading this Game of Thrones allegory, comparing its characters to those in our political landscape, you may be a bit skeptical. But by the time you reach the Santorum comparison to the closeted gay Renly, you should see the pieces lining up. By the time you get to Gore/Stark, it’s picture perfect.

Fun fact: There used to actually be an Unreality sister blog named “Unpolitical.” It’s offline now, but it was my take on politics using the same sort of writing style I used to talk about Pokemon cosplay. In other words, it was all rather informal. But it was too hard to find traffic for it, and so it disappeared. It was featured on the Daily Show once though when Jon Stewart was making fun of a hyperbolic headline I wrote.  If I started that up again someday, would any of you read it?





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21 responses so far

21 Responses to “An Allegory of Thrones”

  1. RBournon 27 Apr 2012 at 11:09 am

    I would read it, but really, do you want the hassle? The comments for that site would be a total trollfest.

    My advice: stick to what you’re really really good at. Unreality is an excellent site and it would be better to keep that at top notch rather than split focus and risk losing the quality this site brings every day.

  2. Samon 27 Apr 2012 at 11:12 am

    Out of curiosity, what was the headline Jon Stewart mocked?

  3. feenicks007on 27 Apr 2012 at 11:28 am

    I’ve got to agree with Rbourn. I’d read it, but no matter how funny/insightful/honest a post is, all you’ll get it trolls and hate because people think you’re picking on their candidate.

  4. E. Lee Zimmermanon 27 Apr 2012 at 11:37 am

    Dumbest political analysis I’ve read today. Has nothing to do with funny/insightful/honest; it’s just bad and not funny … though I’ll give you for Peter Dinklage, not d.bag Colbert.

  5. Joshon 27 Apr 2012 at 11:42 am

    This copy is not the full one and misses out on the best and most accurate comparison.
    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17kssdg61jsiupng/original.png

  6. hallamon 27 Apr 2012 at 11:45 am

    E. Lee Zimmerman, I think your problem is that you see a picture labeled “Images, Television” on an entertainment site and call it a “political analysis”. That’s like me saying the old Zinedine Zidane headbutt gif parodies were the worst match analysis I saw during the World Cup.

  7. michaelon 27 Apr 2012 at 11:48 am

    If you start getting into politics you will probably cut your audience in half. Political beliefs are very personal and people take offense easily.

    Stick to video games and other lighter subjects. I used to be huge into politics when I was in college. I’ve become more moderate since then, and am so happy I have been. It cut’s the blood pressure down and the heart in good health.

  8. thelaughingmanon 27 Apr 2012 at 11:59 am

    Yay! Another SciFi blog wanting to delve into politics, le sigh.

    Stick what you are good at instead of the same tired, played out political commentary we can see ANYWHERE ELSE on the internet. Dren like this is what kills a site and the content on this site has been in decline in recent months. With this post I think we’ve now seen a new low watermark.

    I suppose coming up with original content is difficult but seriously… this just pure pandering crap.

  9. Samon 27 Apr 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Holy shit guys, calm the fuck down. It was a funny picture, and it was related to Game of Thrones, one of the sites favorite shows, so it’s not like it came from outta nowhere. The site’s content has been as good as ever and this doesn’t change that. He wasn’t trying to push his political ideals down your throat, he saw a funny picture and felt he need to share. Give it a rest. The similarities shown are also startlingly accurate.

  10. bjon 27 Apr 2012 at 12:11 pm

    This is hilarious. Probably helps that I’m not American. Regardless though, most of these commenter need to lighten the fuck up.

  11. Taraon 27 Apr 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I would read it!

    My favorite is the Al Gore, cracked up in public.

  12. Hans Cummings (@JediSoth)on 27 Apr 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I like this one better than the version that has George W. Bush & Hodor as the bottom comparison.

  13. dudewiththoughton 27 Apr 2012 at 1:23 pm

    though i agree that it is a very supervicaial coamprison i must say they mixed up/cmbined the counter part of palin.

    deniris comes form a farawa land but the one who has lust for power with no idea how to wield it and who uses her children is cerisai lannister. she is regent for joeff and tommen so yeah fucked u there did they

  14. trashcanmanon 27 Apr 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Colbert as Tyrion is genius. A strongly disagree with Palin as Dany, though. As the dude above me said, Cersei would be a better pick there.

  15. Andyon 27 Apr 2012 at 2:45 pm

    @Sam

    Thank you. I’d say you nailed it. These other people need to calm themselves.

  16. thelaughingmanon 27 Apr 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Many of you find this funny because you are sympathetic to the overall tone of the comparisons.

    Certainly there are people who read this site who would disagree with the comparisons and not find them funny.

    Instead of posting polarizing political commentary post more polarizing commentary like the 3 part series on the new trilogies, which I thought was a great series and caused me to seriously reevaluate my thoughts on those movies.

  17. Calebon 27 Apr 2012 at 3:12 pm

    While I hate both Republicans and Democrats it is quite sickening to see sheeple really believe that Obama is the best of the bunch. While Romney is just a white version of Obama, Santorum is a nut who needs to be locked away, and Gingrich is an elderly Eric Cartman, Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are just saying things how they are without trying to make people happy in the now. They want things better in the long run and want to save this dying country. Say what you want about Obama but anything is better than socialism.

  18. Sara C.on 27 Apr 2012 at 3:46 pm

    This one is more fun:

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gcr7wLtDTwo/T5mA_di8WHI/AAAAAAAAAww/7J-AULfAVZs/s1600/Mad-Men-to-Game-of-Thrones-Concordance.jpg

    And also less volatile.

  19. Kevinon 27 Apr 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Obama is most definitely not the best of the bunch. Not even a probably. He has surpassed expectations in increasing our national debt to incredible numbers. 16 trillions of dollars in debt is no laughing matter. This country is screwed!

    While its true that Romney is just a Republican Obama, I don’t know if he’s next in line because I have never met a (rational) Mitt Romney supporter.

    However Ron Paul is the ONLY one of the candidates that has been consistent about what he thinks for over 30 years! Thats outrageous! He’s always been against big government and government spending and pro civil liberty and the most constitutional presidential candidate in 100s of years. The only reason you dont know about him is because you watch too much tv news. Brainwashing and manipulation is one of the medias easiest weapons to use.

  20. RBournon 28 Apr 2012 at 2:25 am

    See Paul? See?

    This is what happens when you even touch one fingertip on politics. You start getting the standard reponses from people:

    1. I hate Republicans because they’re all evil rich evil people

    2. I hate Democrats/Obama because they/he are liberal elitists interested in bringing Socialism to America.

    3. I hate all parties so my comment adds nothing to the debate

    For context, I’m from the UK so don’t care one bit about American politics which I find suprisingly rude. I’m also a politics graduate so I’m sick of talking about it too.

    I thought the post was funny, it drew some humourous parrallels between GoT characters and real life politicians. I laughed at the Al Gore/Ned Stark one saying “always going on about climate change”. Stick to Unreality please

  21. PokeManon 29 Apr 2012 at 6:40 pm

    You guys are taking this way too seriously.
    “Oh no they made a funny something about my candidate/party of preference my feelings are hurt. Prepare to feel my bitterness”.
    That’s how some of you sound.

    It was a funny picture. Get over it.

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