‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Forced To Apologize For Saying Men Can Be Victims Of Sexism

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Game of Thrones star Kit Harington says he’s sorry for believing that men can be victims of sexism and objectification, just like women can.

Harrington, who plays Jon Snow, told a newspaper back in May that he often feels objectified by women who watch the show just to see snaps of Harington’s…er…assets…and that while he understands he was hired largely for his rugged good looks and perfect six-pack abs, but that’s just “a head of hair and a set of looks.”

“It’s demeaning,” Harington said. “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. 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.”

Harington isn’t wrong. The season finale of Game of Thrones for instance, featured a certain scene, showcasing Jon Snow’s naked body — and while it was not much more than a throwaway moment, women’s magazines penned hundreds of essays, analyzing whether Harington had used a body double.

JON Snow BUTT

That’s most definitely objectification.

Unfortunately, for Jon Snow, Internet feminists weren’t sympathetic to his plight, and pushed back, even threatening to boycott the show until Harington admitted that whatever objectification he might have suffered — and however personally hurtful that sexism was — he could never understand what it’s like to be sexually objectified as a woman.

And so, this week, Harington apologized for, in Game of Thrones parlance, knowing nothing.

“I was wrong there, though,” he told The Guardian. “Sexism against men is not something I should have really said. I think what I meant was, being objectified. At that time, I did feel objectified, and now I’ve learned how to control that and just shutting it down.”

“Look, I do think men can get objectified,” he continued. “I do feel I have been objectified in the past, sexually as well, in pieces that have been written about me. Has that made me feel uncomfortable in the past? Yes. Do I think my position is the same as a woman’s in society? No. They’re very different things, and I should have separated them. I was wrong.”

The thing is, poor Kit is right. He gets objectified (occasionally by, admittedly, your fair reporter). His pain isn’t more or less than any woman’s pain, simply because women, as a whole, might suffer sexism more often than men. If feminism is truly about creating a world where looks don’t dictate success, and no one should be reduced to the bare fact of their gender, it’s definitely not fair to de-legitimize someone’s pain rather than, say, turning it into a learning experience.

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What Harington will learn is, of course, never say anything internet feminists will disagree with.

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  1. What the angry feminists were upset about is using the term so lightly as a case of objectification. The difference between sexism for men and women is more about how women are bombarded with ways to prevent their own rapes, knowing where to not be alone, having to check their cars before entering them, having to own dogs and have someone routinely check on them if they live alone, owning a whistle and keeping nonlethal means of self defense on them at all times, etc. It’s not just about getting passed over for a job for a prettier lady or a man or who gets objectified more; it’s about the dangers our culture perpetuates with their nonchalant attitude about victims of sexual crimes and violence. Not many people are so good at articulating their issues so resort to name calling and aggressive comments skirting the issue and attacking the person rather than their statement.

    • Yet, wouldn’t it be nice if your society addressed this issue to both genders? Men get raped too, by men and women. All it takes is a pill in a drink and either you’re getting bum fucked by some creepy dude or that nasty bitch you told no already is riding you. Then, of course, prison systems. You go to jail for a victimless crime, or maybe you landed in jail on the accusation, maybe you’re awaiting trial and innocent but no bail because of the nature of the crime, or fuckin a, you go to jail for a NON sexual crime (only rapists and pedos deserve to get raped IMO), doesn’t stop thugs from gang raping your ass if they get you alone.

      Nonchelant, is a perfect word to describe the attitude our society has towards men, not women. If you’re a man and you get raped, there is no system in place to protect you or give you justice, no place for you to go. You will often get told you just need to be a man and deal, cops will mock you, laugh behind your back and try very hard not to laugh in your face. “What you didn’t have a good time with the fat bitch?” “Sounds like you just drank too much” “You couldn’t defend yourself?” If a man rapes you, as a man, you have to suffer complete embarrasment and be made to feel like you are gay, most men who are raped by other men will never speak out becouse they feel complete 100% shame.

      Our society has created an entire culture were women can play victim there whole lives and get taken care of. Men just have to go “be a man”, we don’t get free college for being men, we don’t get free health care easily like women do, we don’t have shelters we can go to if we are being abused or have been raped and it is expected of us to hold to society standard and earn income. You know why men make more than women? Becouse it is expected of us and we work much harder for it on average. We get handed little to nothing and are expected to pull everything together by ourselves or we are considered worthless. Fuck, what I wouldn’t give to be a sexy woman who can have a free pass throguh life in this society, getting everything for free, always on a word can play victim and have societies hand held out instantly, to be sexually objectified and get easy income becouse my tits are perky and my ass is round. Were men just buy me things and I get flooded with interests becouse I am wanted. If you are a woman you don’t know what you have, the tools in your arsenal you can work with to get by in life so much easier and how valuable that is.

      I get sexually objectified everyday, it is my line of work as a male cam model, I deal with it the same as women, but women make alot more to just sit around while I have to actually produce a peice of artwork to make similar money even though we both pull crowds of primarily men. I do it becouse I am a father who couldn’t find better pay anywere else and I want my kid to have college funds so I built my own damn personal studio. For a man(sad that I have to say “for a man”), I am a damn sexy man, I am always expected to “earn it” were as women just get “gifts” becouse they are pretty, yet even more of our unequaled stigma culture allowing one side to play victim while the other is looked at with little to no pity. Do I want pity? fuck no, I’m a goddamn man after all, raised to be self sufficient and deal with all my problems and it doesn’t matter if I’ve been put down everyday to the point that I wish I could curl up ina ball and cry becouse I’m not as good as other men for one reason or another by my sons mother who left me of another a man who deals pot and has no true ambition for anything in life but is contruction jerb and his pot dealing and his babymomas and I’ve been through hell in the legal system becouse of her victim playing accusational bullshit fakery the last 3 years, she goes and cries a sad story to the cops and they are at my door with threats even though the only thing that actually happened was she blew up my phone pissed I didn’t do enough shit to cater her sorry ass and I told her to go fuck herself. Aside from all that fake as fuck bullshit, When I spend 12 hours build up an entire production single handedly to produce an epic display of awesomeness to earn a few hundred bucks while the girl model on the other side just hopped on her garbage quality cammera and made twice as much with no effort becouse “She’s a girl, a victim, weak, needs to be taken care of”. It fuckin pisses me off.

      There are two sides to every coin. My sympathy levels for feminists are ziltch, and my sympathy levels for Kit Harington is ziltch too. Mother fucker you are set for life, and you’re getting married to a fine as fuck red head, Objectify me all day for that life thanks. Hand me a livable income becouse my ass is firm, ya TYVFM. Ya’ll need to realize some shit and come to reality. Everybody is a victim in some way, and no one is a victim in everyway, we all have problems to deal with on every spectrum. Most of it is in the mindset, the sooner we realize this the sooner we start getting over ourselves and proggressing as a whole. Fuck feminism and fuck this culture. You know nothing Jon Snow.

  2. I’m sorry, I know that sexism is viewed primarily towards woman, but that doesn’t justify the fact that men do indeed go through a situation like Kit Harrington did, and majority of times, men fail to make this noticed because of people like that. This isn’t fair for both genders not just one. If a man does not feel comfortable and wants to express how he feels about, well FFS he has every right just as much as woman does. Again, gender does not validate sexism, it simply means prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination on a basis to sex.

  3. So Mr. Harrington states he felt uncomfortable with the type of attention he was getting but we’re supposed to set his feelings aside and say they don’t matter because he’s male? Are we, as women, only going to allow ourselves these feelings when objectified? His feelings are valid and the efforts of these women to make them less so are unacceptable.

  4. Forced to apologize? My son should not be forced to apologize about anything he says, ever. This country was founded on the concept of Free Speech and if a guy wants to speak his mind about something that makes him uncomfortable, then so be it. You don’t have to write an article about it or turn it into a deal. If you don’t like it, just ignore it. But putting a guys job and reputation in jeopardy because he wants to speak his mind is a Joke.

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