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“Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington says that women aren’t the only victims of sexism in Hollywood.
“I think there is a double standard,” the British actor told the UK’s 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,” he added. “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. There’s definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women, and there is towards men as well… At some points during photo shoots when I’m asked to strip down, I felt that.”
The star’s comments have definitely earned him some ribbing in the media.
Feminist news site Jezebel began its article about Harington’s statements by correcting his use of the word “sexism”: “I think what he is actually describing is feeling objectified, which certainly isn’t a phenomenon belonging to a single gender.”
Vanity Fair summed up his statements with, “Harington really wants us to understand how hard it is to be pretty.”
This isn’t the first time Harington has spoken about being objectified. Last year, he told New York Post’s Page Six that he found it demeaning to be called a “hunk.” And the media threw elbows at him then, too.