on CBS, had a few choice words for President Barack Obama after the U.S. president admitted this week he has difficulty remembering
Colbert sounded off in his usual comedic fashion in his opening monologue about the president’s failure to properly prioritize Westerosi troubles.
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I don’t ùsually like Colbert, but that was funny. 😀
I thought the same thing. Real GOT fans can remember… AND pronounce Tyrion (TEER-RE-ON). Kudos to your attempt to seem human Mr. President!!!
I posted on Facebook, half-joking, that it was shameful after 5 seasons that Obama didn’t know one of the main character’s names’. Half the responses were republicans who thought I was anti-Obama like them and the other half were democrats who thought I was a republican taking a jab. Politics are only fun when they’re Westerois/Essosi(?!).
Colbert as Gandalf reading the Game of Thrones novel is one of my favorite media photos. I always enjoy his silly perspective.
Obviously Obama is a lot busier than most people, but this should serve as a reminder to fans of just how little the average viewer remembers about these sorts of details. Names (particularly make-believe names) simply do not stick to faces.
Upshot? If it is important here and now, then it has to be shown here and now: never, ever depend on naming something to inform the viewers what the thing is.
So, you begin by saying Obama is, in essence, not an average viewer, then go on to make an assertion about the average viewer using Obama as an example? L.O.L.
Colbert reminds me of that selfindulgent armsdealer of Iron Man II.. The entire pose with one hand in the side, the too obvious reading of the auto-que.. I mean we are all aware that he probably didn’t even write this bit himself? What a snob..
Lets rip the president a new one for not paying close attention. He may have other priorities in his life.. like being the POTUS…
He is not far from the average viewer: this show’s biggest demographic is professional men and women in their late 30’s / early 40’s. Now, the Pres. gets a bit more on his plate than the rest of us: but the show’s core audience represents busy, intellectually engaged who have far too much going on in their lives to remember details from much of anything. (People like this succeed by rapidly relearning details when/if they become relevant agin.) Now, most of them probably remembering Tyrion’s name – they are not quite that busy! – but do not count on them remembering the names of incidental characters, places, or details from 2-3 seasons ago. We have to review what we did ourselves 2-3 years ago: we certainly are not going to remember what a TV show was doing beyond the generalities!
So, yes, he is busier than most of us: but he’s also very representative of the audience.
Yes, it’s unlikely that he wrote that joke by himself, people like Colbert have staff for that, but the man is a fantasy nerd, so I can absolutly belief that he knows his way around the world of GoT.
I’m shocked that WOTW has presented this and the one about Obama yesterday as newsworthy enough for this site.
I saw these same bits of info written up in click bait articles on Yahoo news.
Not a political statement, but Obama is not a regular watcher. He messes up the most well known names and only quotes what is the “it” thing in pop culture. Presidents nowadays have to so they are relevant in the younger crowds eyes. And he has staff guiding him in what to say because he has better things to do.
This wasn’t posted because it was newsworthy. It was posted because it fits the “funny post” category.
And still no mention of Emilia’s interview where she is talking about HBO and Jon
I guess if it was Sophie turner or Natalie former than it would have made an article
Judibatt: Not a political statement, but Obama is not a regular watcher. He messes up the most well known names and only quotes what is the “it” thing in pop culture.
The fact that Obama or anyone messes up the names does not mean that he (or she) is not a regular watcher. What it means is that they are not thinking about the show when they are not watching it.
There is a great series called “Honest Trailers on YouTube. Here is what they have for Game of Thrones. They make fun of this at the very end: there are 10 characters who’s names you know, and then lots and lots of others.
(Their trailers for Star Wars is awesome, too.)
Settle down, it’s comedy. Obama knew it was coming, it’s not really “ripping” on him… it’s a joke! And of course Colbert has a writing staff, it would be impossible not to. Do you think Letterman wrote all his own bits?
The one that always drives me nuts is when people call Daenerys, “Khaleesi”.
Is Colbert a fan of ASOIF? I know he’s a huge Tolkien fanatic.
Probably: there is a contingent of Tolkien fans that hates Thrones because “Good” and “Evil” are so poorly defined in the tales, but Colbert does not seem to be one of those.
You clearly missed the joke here. Colbert is pointing out, in his semi-serious tone, the irony of a guy with a strange name not being astute enough to remember other unusual names as well as being a politician while watching a fantasy where politics are everything. You’d think that someone as prolific as the president of the USA would be a bit more eloquent regarding his answers about, supposedly, his favorite show, than to call Tyrion “that dwarf guy”. Not to mention how Peter Dinklage has openly said that he does not appreciate the terms and labels people his size are attributed, and I’m pretty sure dwarf is one of those. I’m not an Obama fan nor hater, and who has more going on than him, but remembering only Jon Snow’s name because it’s simple, kind of implies the level of into-it-ness that Obama watches the show with.
Two of my favorite things together, Stephen Colbert and Game of Thrones 😉
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