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Kit Harington Thinks Hollywood Is Sexist Against Men Too

In an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, Game of Thrones star Kit Harington compared the “demeaning” experience he and other male actors now endure to that which actresses and other female professionals in Hollywood have put up with for decades. “I think there is a double standard,” he said, adding: “If you said to a girl, ‘Do you like being called a babe?’ and she said, ‘No, not really,’ she’d be absolutely right.”

As Harington put it, “I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks.” He’s not wrong, as his sentiment regarding his own self-image and worth are the very backbone of empowerment emphasized by feminist arguments against sexism. Whether sexist attitudes exist in Hollywood, the film and television industries elsewhere around the world, or in other walks of life, it’d be nice to know one was appreciated for more than what they look like to the opposite (or preferred) sex.

“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,” Harrington continued. “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.”

Yet with recent news stories about Gillian Anderson and Robin Wright’s unequal paychecks for The X-Files and House of Cards respectively, and countless other instances of Hollywood’s sexism towards women, it’s difficult to consider Harington’s comments seriously. Hence why the majority of Twitter that wasn’t infatuated with the Game of Thrones actor’s mid-radio interview phone call with fellow cast member Maisie Williams chose to knock him down a peg.kittweet1kittweet2kittweet3

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  1. Kit Harington tried it. Imagine trying to equate the struggles of actors and actresses in Hollywood. Dude, you totally tried it.

  2. Don’t even know where to start with this one. Sorry o, dear Kit Harington. Next time when you want to talk, just talk. Ok? Don’t goan be comparing where you will be crucified for your brand identity *lemme scroll up again for that other grammar * ehn ehn, there it is, and male objectification.

  3. What is this one on about? Most importantly, who is he again?

  4. i think he has the right to speak from the angle of what he experiences. that there is sexist problem not just a feminist problem is trite and that is what he has experienced. he said “There’s definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women, and there is towards men as well.” and i dont see how this means men and women experience it equally. He only said pointed out what was obvious…men and women suffer. We shouldn’t always allow passion erode rationality. We can’t water down other people’s experiences employing the same vices we’re fighting against.

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