Any avid viewer of Game of Thrones can tell you that when it comes to the female characters, they have to endure a lot. Between rape scenes, constant nudity and some pretty sketchy storylines, critics have taken aim at the portrayal of women on the show for quite some time.
Well one star wants everyone to know that it actually goes both ways.
Kit Harington, who famously dons the black as Jon Snow on the popular HBO series, has spoken out before about the male sexism that exists in the industry. And now he’s opting to do so again in the wake of his character’s revival.
Maybe it was that tiny piece of fabric covering his manly bits during the intense scene that called him to action, or maybe he was just having a tense day at the office. But in a recent interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, the 29-year-old revealed that he’s “more than a head of hair or a set of looks” and revealed that he despises being called a hunk (as most of us who don’t live in the ’80s tend to dislike as well).
“I think there is a double standard,” he said in the interview. “If you said to a girl, ‘Do you like being called a babe?’ and she said, ‘No, not really,’ she’d be absolutely right.”
Fair enough, but why hasn’t Harington also been speaking out about the treatment of women on his show? Sure, feminism advocates for the equality between men and women — which makes Harington’s point absolutely true, but it also seems as though he’s comparing himself to his female co-stars, no? Not to mention the fact that on the show itself, he’s typically pretty well covered with that gigantic fur coat.
“It’s demeaning. Yes, in some ways you could argue I’ve been employed for a look I have. But there’s a sexism that happens towards men,” he furthered. “There’s definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women, and there is towards men as well. At some points during photoshoots when I’m asked to strip down, I felt that.”
Kudos to him for speaking out, we guess. We just wish it would be on a little bit more of an even playing field. After all, the female stars on Game of Thrones don’t always get a bit of fabric to cover their lady bits — even when they’re using a body double.