Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said he was surprised but amused after being mentioned in the HBO vampire drama “True Blood,” which continued with the network’s strong anti-Republican bias in an episode on Sunday.
“Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO’s True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of the list,” Cruz wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
“Sunday night, they aired a misogynist and profanity-ridden episode where Texas Republicans are murdered attending a ‘Ted Cruz fundraiser.’ Well, I’m sorry to have lost the vampire vote, but am astonished (and amused) that HBO is suggesting that hard-core leftists are blood-sucking fiends….,” wrote Cruz.
In the episode, two vampires plot to enter the “Ted Cruz fundraiser,” being held at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, to track down one of their enemies. As the vampires are dressing up in stereotypical Texas Republican attire, the female vampire exclaims, “Oh my God, I’m a Republicunt.”
At the fictional fundraiser, a shoot-out ensues in which gala attendees and security guards are shot dead in front of large posters of Cruz and Bush.
The show’s attack on Republicans should come as no surprise.
First Lady Michelle Obama recently attended a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at the home of HBO’s director of programming, Michael Lombardi.
In 2012, Alan Ball, the creator of the vampire drama said that the show’s fifth season was mapped out based on two prominent Republicans.
“For me the jumping off point was watching the Republican primaries, watching Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and asking what would it be like to have a theocracy in America – which is way more terrifying than any fictional monster could ever be,” said Ball.
Also in 2012, another HBO franchise, “Game of Thrones,” drew fire after it used a severed head of George W. Bush on a stake in a scene.
Bill Maher, an avowed liberal who hosts another how on HBO, has also been criticized for using derogatory language to describe former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.