Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington has courted criticism this week by suggesting in a newspaper interview that men are just as much victims of sexism in Hollywood as women.
“I think there is a double standard,” Harington, who plays Jon Snow – who may or may not save the world – in the show told The Sunday Times. “If you said to a girl, ‘Do you like being called a babe?’ and she said, ‘No, not really,’ she’d be absolutely right. I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks. It’s demeaning.”
He added that “in some ways”, people could argue that he was cast as Snow due to “a look I have”.
He continued: “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. If I felt I was being employed just for my looks, I’d stop acting.”
Harington has come in for quite a lot of ridicule on social media for his comments. He’s seemingly not learned his lesson from last year, when he complained about being typecast as a hunk, saying: “it can sometimes feel like your art is being put to one side for your sex appeal”.
Following the backlash he copped after that, he told ABC News: “I’ve kind of decided I’m going to be a good little hunk and shut up.”