The Mythical “Maybe-No”: Our Twisted Definitions of Rape | #SAAM #DavidChoe #GameofThrones

When we excuse rape because it doesn't look like what we think rape looks like.
When we excuse rape because it doesn’t look like what we think rape looks like.

It’s poignant that on the start of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), I wrote a post about the unseen sexual violence in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community; and, as SAAM draws to a close this year, I find myself compelled to write this post about our culture’s twisted ideas about rape and rapists, and how it obscures and excuses high rates of sexual violence within our community by masking our understanding of what rape is.

Nearly two weeks ago, I wrote about Korean American graffiti artist David Choe, who in a March 10th episode of his raunchy podcast DVDASA confessed to an incident that sounded very much like rape. That post quickly became my site’s most popular post to-date and received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback through Twitter and Facebook, as men and women of all races and ethnicities weighed in with their own condemnation of Choe and his self-professed coercion of a sexual act.

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George W. Bush Member of Stark Clan, Decapitated by King Joffrey

Were there WMD at Casterly Rock? Was bin Laden’s summer mansion on the outskirts of King’s Landing? How the heck did Dubya end up in Westeros?

Apparently in one of the DVD commentaries in Game of Thrones: Season 1 (which I own, and now have to watch), the show’s creators confess that a shortage of prosthetic heads resulted in a political gaffe of Medieval proportions: in the scene where King Joffrey shows his betrothed, Sansa Stark, her father’s severed head, George W. Bush’s head is mounted on a spike next to the rest of the fallen Stark clan.

Here’s a screen-cap:

Move over,; this totally beats that whole Bush = Hitler thing.


HBO and the show’s creators have since posted an apology, and this scene will be removed from future DVD versions. I wonder if this makes my copy of the season a collector’s item?

eBay, here I come!