House of Cards gets a shout out from the White House

Louise McCreesh
Photo credit: Netflix

From Digital Spy

If we were going to pick any writers (besides The Simpsons) who could have predicted America's decline into a scandal-filled government after opting for a controversial candidate, it would probably be the House of Cards folks.

After choosing Trump's inauguration day to announce the date of their fifth season premiere, Netflix's hit series continues to have a sense of humour when it comes to their scarily accurate rendition of life in the White House - we just never thought the White House would actually be in on it.

For this latest twist in promotion, we turn to White House press secretary and Melissa McCarthy's SNL muse Sean Spicer, because sometimes life really is stranger (and scarier) than fiction.

At his daily press briefing on Friday (March 10), Spicer could be seen with a pin of the American flag attached to his lapel.

Nothing strange there perhaps, but look closer and you'll see the pin is actually turned upside down.

The symbol look familiar?

Well, that's because the upside down US flag is actually the logo for Netflix's House of Cards.

Naturally, journalists at the press conference picked up on this and queried Spicer about his pin choices and his Netflix queue.

Photo credit: Netflix

Before the questioning begins (around the 8.30 mark in the video above), Spicer can be seen adjusting his pin but not turning it the right way up before journalists eventually call him out on it.

They tell him the flag is upside down, with Spicer joking: "John Roberts helps me with fashion tips."

Eventually, Spicer managed to adjust it properly, but it didn't stop people on Twitter from joking about what it all means, especially considering displaying an upside down American flag label is considered a distress signal.

As the United States Flag Code states: "The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property."

Spicer may have denied it was a promotional move, but we're not buying it. So, is Spicer in distress? Or does he just really, really love House of Cards?

Obviously, eagle-eyed viewers on Twitter were having none of the denial either - including the House of Cards writers themselves:

And House of Cards producer Dana Brunetti certainly seems to think otherwise too:

House of Cards premieres its 5th season on Netflix on Tuesday, May 30.

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