Avert your eyes for all the inevitable shirtless scenes! Kit Harrington, who portrays Jon Snow on HBO's massive hit [Game of Thrones](movie:817617), is worried that he's gaining more appreciation for his looks rather than his acting. He finds his status as a sex symbol "demeaning" and wants more equal treatment. The general response to his statements looks something like this:
Sorry, had to get that joke out of the way. Now that Ygritte has said her piece, let's move on to the full statement. In an interview with News.com.au, Harrington revealed that he feels like his true artistry is being overlooked:
To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning. It really is and it’s in the same way as it is for women. When an actor is seen only for her physical beauty it can be quite offensive. Well, it’s not just men that can be inappropriate sexually; women can be as well.What do you think?
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. In this position you get asked a lot, "Do you like being a heart-throb? Do you like being a hunk?" Well, my answer is, ‘That’s not what I got into it for."
I can safely say that I didn't expect a guy from the Game of Thrones cast to be one of the first to complain about objectification. He certainly has the right to feel like his appearance is garnering too much attention, I'm just surprised that none of the show's women—frequently put in the position of "sexposition"—said this earlier. Don't get me wrong, I love Game of Thrones more than my future children, but you've gotta admit there are way more scantily clad ladies than men.
On the one hand, feeling objectified objectively sucks, and no one enjoys that feeling regardless of gender. On the other, Harrington's other major role was in the movie [Pompeii](movie:739897), which could have been alternatively titled I'm Getting Buried in Lava, But At Least I Have My Six-Pack (see above GIF for undeniable proof). Either way, maybe Harrington's got a point.
Do you think it's wrong to reduce actors to their 'hunky' status?