Senator Ted Cruz was just as surprised as anyone to see his supporting role featured in this week’s episode of True Blood, in which one of the final season’s scenes took place at a fundraiser for the politician in Texas.
The use of Ted Cruz’s name on True Blood isn’t so surprising given the heavy-handed use of political allegory on the show. Since its inception, the television adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels has been shaped to reflect current social and political issues in America — and the image of Cruz at the George W. Bush Presidential Library as an imagined ally of the anti-vampire people is definitely in line with the campy drama’s tone and progressive themes.
However, Cruz apparently isn’t a fan, and yesterday he posted on Facebook about the unflattering portrayal:
The post begins:
“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. Sunday night, they aired a misogynist and profanity-ridden episode where Texas Republicans are murdered attending a ‘Ted Cruz fundraiser.'”
It’s true — most of the attendees didn’t make it out alive, spoiler alert — though they were not targeted due to their political affiliation. Rather, the Yakuza gang members hunting out the widow of televangelist turned gay vampire Steve Newlin mowed down many Stetson-wearing GOP members in their search as collateral damage.
And while Republicans were not actively mocked during the portion of True Blood during which Ted Cruz became a minor plot point, there was some indirect critique lobbed by a character.
Pam, sometimes friend to Sookie and beloved child of Eric Northman, admired her Cruz-benefit ready look and described herself as a “republic***.”
“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…”
A fan of Cruz on Facebook made the first “dead voters vote Democrat” joke, which it appears Cruz may have later appropriated.
Following his Facebook post, he tweeted:
Then again, I guess I never had a chance w/ the vampire vote since the dead tend to vote overwhelmingly for Dems: https://t.co/U6uCqsRpuS
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 22, 2014
Ted Cruz isn’t the first person to make a political cameo on True Blood as a real life person referenced in the fictional narrative’s context — in previous seasons, vampire pundit Nan Flanagan was briefly shown on the real-life HBO show Real Time With Bill Maher, and the host depicted himself cracking a joke about vampire politics.