Newswire: Veep had to cut a “golden shower” joke for being too politically relevant

With a real-life administration that seems to be one-upping the fictional politicos of Veep when it comes to absurd levels of incompetence, it would seem that the HBO series might have trouble competing. But in a new essay for The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner David Mandel says that’s not really the case, thanks to the plot mechanisms that have kept Selina Meyer out of the Oval Office. That said, the writers did encounter one situation where a joke was just too similar to a topic in the news, and it had to do with a “golden shower.”

Indeed, they had planned to lob something pee-related toward (who else?) punching bag Jonah Ryan, but then came the unconfirmed dossier that alleged Donald Trump hired prostitutes to pee on a bed in a Moscow hotel room. “We hadn’t filmed it yet, and we realized, ‘Oh, we need to change that‘ [because …

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