Game of Thrones has faced its share of controversy over the years. But surprisingly, most of it hasn’t been over scenes like the murder of Talisa Stark via being stabbed repeatedly in her pregnant belly, or that part in season five where 10 year old Shireen Baratheon is burned alive by her father. Rather, the biggest controversies have centered around sex and sexism.
Just when people had started to get over a scene where Jaime and Cercei Lannister had questionably consenting sex (next to their dead son), another firestorm soon erupted over how a scene involving Sansa Stark being raped by Ramsay Bolton was handled. Since those incidents, people have had long and heated debates on “Thrones sexism.”
One person who’s sick of the term and sick of the implication is Emilia Clarke, better known on the show as Daenerys Targaryen, mother of dragons.
“There’s so much controversy,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “Yet that’s what’s beautiful about Game of Thrones – it’s depiction of women in so many different stages of development. There are women depicted as sexual tools, women who have zero rights, women who are queens but only to a man, and then there are women who are literally unstoppable and as powerful as you can possibly imagine.”
“So it pains me to hear people taking Thrones out of context with anti-feminist spin – because you can’t do that about this show. It shows the range that happens to women, and ultimately shows women are not only equal, but have a lot of strength.”
Clarke isn’t the only star of the show to speak out on the subject. Natalie Dormer was even more blunt in her words when she said: “I appreciate that some people want to turn on the telly for escapism — but if that’s what you want, don’t watch Game of Thrones.”
(via Entertainment Weekly)