Game of Thrones star Kit Harington talks being objectified in Hollywood
2 June 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Kit Harington , best known for his role as Jon Snow in the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones,” said in a recent interview that women are not the only ones being objectified and are facing sexism in Hollywood.
Harington shared in his latest interview on The Sunday Times that he also experienced sexism as a man in the Hollywood industry. He shared, "I think there is a double standard. If you said to a girl, 'Do you like being called a babe?' and she said, 'No, not really,' she'd be absolutely right."
He pointed out that he thinks he landed the role of Jon Snow due to his looks only noting that he would like to think of himself as “more than a head of hair or a set of looks” as he feels that it is demeaning.
He also said that during photoshoots , at some point when he is being asked to strip down, he felt that there is sexism there. He added that he was being employed only for his looks.
This is not the first time that Harington talked about his views regarding sexism in the showbiz industry. He spoke about the same topic in an interview with Page Six last year. During that interview, he said that being put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning. He shared that he is in a successful TV show but sometimes it sort of makes him feel like his art is being put to one side for his sex appeal.
“Game of Thrones” itself has sparked backlash in the past as it has objectified female bodies and showcase brutal rape scenes. The sexual assault of Sansa Stark last season was widely criticized by feminists. Violence against women is also an issue on the show.
Just recently, the role of Emilia Clarke, Daenerys Targaryen , was naked in one of the final scenes of the latest episode of “Game of Thrones.” However, she said in a recent interview that she signed a no nudity clause in her contract but she felt that the scene needed her to be nude as she emerged from slaying an enemy.