Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington has apologised for comments he made in an interview last year in which he compared his experience of objectification towards the sexism women face in the film and television industries.
The 30-year-old has back-pedalled on his sentiments during an interview with the Sunday Timesin May 2016, where he argued that "men face "double standards" when it comes to being labelled a "babe" among other things when it comes to appearance.
"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. If I felt I was being employed just for my looks, I'd stop acting," he told the newspaper.
And while now newly engaged Harington rightfully had grounds to highlight how objectification and assault is real and problematic for both genders (take Terry Crews' comments about being assaulted last week or Harry Styles being groped by a fan while performing over the weekend as proof), his comments drew criticism. In response to the backlash, he latersaid toABC News that he was "going to be a good little hunk and shut up."
In light of the recent allegations against Harvey Weinstein and other power players in the entertainment industry, as well as women facing under-representation and inequality in comparison to their male counterparts, it's important that Harington has now come to the conclusion that objectification and sexism are linked, but not to be equated.
Discussing his use of the word 'sexism', Harington admitted to the The Guardian, "I was wrong there, though. Sexism against men is not something I should have really said. I think what I meant was, being objectified. At that time, I did feel objectified, and now I've learned how to control that."
"Look, I do think men can get objectified. I do feel I have been objectified in the past, sexually as well, in pieces that have been written about me. Has that made me feel uncomfortable in the past? Yes. Do I think my position is the same as a woman's in society? No. They're very different things, and I should have separated them. I was wrong."
The actor also revealed during the interview that he cried upon reading the script for the final episode of Game of Thrones.
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