Jill Layton
June 01, 2016 4:48 pm
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Objectification in Hollywood isn’t exclusive to women, and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington is talking about it. In an interview with The Sunday Times in the UK, Harington discusses the double standard he feels men face in the film and television industry — and he makes some really important points.

“I don’t want to seem ungrateful — I’m lucky,” Harington explained. “But I can’t say that I like a lot of attention a lot of the time. I think there is a double standard. If you said to a girl, ‘Do you like being called a babe?’ and she said, ‘No, not really,’ she’d be absolutely right.”

He understands what women in Hollywood deal with — he’s often asked to take off all of his clothes during photoshoots. And understandably, he’s just not cool with that.

“I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks,” he said. “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 photoshoots when I’m asked to strip down, I felt that.”

Harington makes it clear that it’s not just men doing the sexualizing to women. He’s experienced women doing the same thing to men.

“It’s not just men that can be inappropriate sexually; women can be as well. I’m in a successful TV show in a kind of leading man way and it can sometimes feel like your art is being put to one side for your sex appeal. And I don’t like that.”

Objectification is a problem for both men and women, and not just in Hollywood. The more people who talk about it, the more attention will be drawn to the problem. We applaud Harington for standing up for himself, even though it should never have had to happen in the first place.

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