kit harington says male actors face sexism too
Just once he'd like to be photographed with his shirt on.
Kit Harington supplied a gentle reminder this weekend that he's more than just "a head of hair." In a new interview with London's Sunday Times, the Game of Thrones actor detailed what he described as "a double standard" in the entertainment business, explaining that while, yes, women face very real issues in the gender-skewed movie and TV industries, it isn't all sunshine, rainbows, and respect for young male actors either.
"I think there is a double standard," he said. "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 set of looks. It's demeaning," he continued. "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 photoshoots when I'm asked to strip down, I felt that."
If you're rolling your eyes right now, you're probably not alone. Given the recent outpouring of testimonials and reports exposing the extent of sexism against women in the entertainment industries — not to mention the newly launched federal probe into its causes — a young male actor complaining about sexism should expect an orchestra of tiny violins.
But at the core of Harington's lament is a point about the entertainment industry's tendency to objectify all actors, regardless of gender. Whether Kit Harington himself is or is not a babe is irrelevant — he deserves to be photographed with his clothes on sometimes.
Text Alice Newell-Hanson
Still from Game of Thrones via HBO