Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington Speaks Out Against Sexual Objectification of Men

You have to know some things to be one of the few Starks remaining.

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Game of Thrones is many things: politics, action, dragons, frozen zombies, rotten kings, blood magic… you get the point. But more than any other combination of themes put together, what really captures the attention of audiences like nothing else is the gratuitous sex and nudity.

At least no one can say it doesn’t work. On IMDB’s list of Most Popular TV Series, Game of Thrones is second only to The Walking Dead, although that may change with the season 5 premiere slated on April 12th.

The show’s MO may be anything but understated, but actor Kit Harington, who plays fan-favorite Jon Snow in the show, believes that all too often his craft as an actor takes a second seat to his sex appeal.

Recently, he spoke out against the growing trend of women sexually objectifying men featured on the big screen.

“To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning,” Kit Harington told Page Six. “It really is and it’s in the same way as it is for women. When an actor is seen only for her physical beauty, it can be quite offensive.”

Objectification of women in Hollywood is a prominent issue, but often we forget that the roles can be reversed. The silver screen portrays a character, and when that character bleeds into an actor’s personal life it can be tormenting. Sexual objectification distills an actor’s accomplishments to nothing in a way more deamning than playful ribbing, as if to say their only redeeming characteristic is their outward appearance. As if Harington doesn’t have enough on his plate as America’s favorite bastard know-nothing wilding-lover.

“I get asked a lot, ‘Do you like being a heartthrob? Do you like being a hunk?’ Well, my answer is, that’s not what I got into it for,” Harington continued.

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