Add the definitions of objectification and sexism among the list of things Jon Snow knows nothing about.
“Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington may have impressed fans with his onscreen resurrection and Jon Snow’s (newfound) valor, but his skewed views on the double standards in the entertainment industry have rubbed many people the wrong way.
The usually mild-mannered 29-year-old sparked controversy with his recent Sunday Times interview, where he shared his experience as a victim of “sexism” and talked about how no one acknowledges the “demeaning” prejudice men face in Hollywood.
“I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks,” he told the magazine. “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.”
Harington, who works in one of the shallowest industries in the world, apparently desires fame that has nothing to do with his looks. While he makes a good point that acting skills matter more than physical beauty, the fan-favorite actor is clearly confused between sexism and objectification — the latter of which is not gender-specific.
“At some points during photo shoots when I’m asked to strip down, I felt that,” he continued. “I think there is a double standard….You can’t pick and choose when you get it. If you said to a girl, ‘Do you like being called a babe?’ and she said, ‘No, not really’, she’d be absolutely right.”
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The simple difference here is that Harington would have more chances of finding work if he pushes to keep his shirt on than a woman would. Also, women face much more than objectification, which is abhorrent but nowhere as bad as physical assaults and harassment.
A number of female celebrities have spoken out about gender inequality, particularly about pay gap and ageism, in Hollywood.
Twitterati also had a lot to say about Harington’s interview:
"Game of Thrones star Kit Harington calls for sexism towards men in film to be acknowledged" HAS THE MAN WATCHED HIS OWN SHOW?— Susuana (@Susuana_Xx) May 30, 2016
"for the watch" *stabs kit harrington* https://t.co/lKlL1Vzwxd— hermapherbic values (@JoeLovellM) May 30, 2016
"Kit Harrington says male stars are suffering the same sexism as female stars"— ilianA ⁷∕₂₇ (@spacesharmony) May 30, 2016
So Harrington the classic "Open Mouth, Insert Foot". #TheFeedSBS— Wade (@staticsan) May 31, 2016
god dammit Kit Harrington pic.twitter.com/klz0hsapop— Samantha ಠ_ಠ (@battledinosaur) May 31, 2016