Friday, April 4, 2014

New Zealand builds, plans to decapitate, giant statue of King Joffrey

The people of Auckland, New Zealand were in for a rude awakening this week when a gigantic, smirking statute of George R.R. Martin's most hated character, King Joffrey, appeared in their gentle cityscape.

But there's good news for the confused Kiwis who woke up to this sneering edifice complex - the statue's already slated for an early destruction.  Or, at least its head is...

That's because - like the dragon skulls on the coast of England - the statue was erected as as part of a clever marketing campaign for Game of Thrones.  Unlike the dragon skulls, fans of the show get to help destroy this one.

Y'see, as the statute gets more popular in Auckland and online, it'll be fitted with a large, medieval-looking winch with a rope around Joffrey's neck along with a placard reading #bringdowntheking.

From that point, the rope will allegedly be pulled a bit tighter every time someone uses the hasthtag #brnigdowntheking - and HBO plans to show the progress of the statue's destruction on the appropriately named website where the carnage and violence will be streamed live to the rest of the world via webcam.

Unfortunately, because this is New Zealand we're talking about, the web feed won't exactly be HD since they don't believe in a modern, broadband internet (I shudder to remember how long it took to check my email down there...) - but hey, live statue destruction!

One really has to feel badly for Jack Gleeson - the actor behind Joffrey's smirk - because, from all accounts, he's a really nice guy and doesn't deserve half of the hate that passerbys probably throw his way when they see him on the street.

Still, as an actor, there's no higher praise than eliciting a strong reaction from an audience - and when that audience erects a giant effigy of your character broadcasts its destruction live to fans around the world... well, suffice it to say that you've succeeded in your craft.