Earlier this week the Daily Mail, a prominent British tabloid, reported that Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke "can't stand" the show's notoriously graphic sex scenes.
Clarke, who plays mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen, is no stranger to nudity, regularly disrobing on screen for a romp between the sheets.
So it seems odd that she'd take such a vehement stand against her own practices.
However, it's now been revealed that her comments were taken totally out of context, by a reporter engaging in less than ethical journalism. The actress took to Instagram to clear the matter up.
"like a good Mother of Dragons, I’m always in control"
I was followed into a party by a journalist who asked me a question about female empowerment and then quoted me entirely out of context for an outlet I didn’t agree to speak with.
So I feel now, with the beauty of Instagram I should clarify my statements, if for nothing else than for posterity. In drama, if a nude scene forwards a story or is shot in a way that adds insight into characters, I’m perfectly fine with it.
Sometimes explicit scenes are required and make sense for the characters/story, as they do in Westeros. If it’s gratuitous for gratuitous sake, then I will discuss with a director on how to make it more subtle. In either case, like a good Mother of Dragons, I’m always in control.
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So, despite what the original story initially insinuated, it seems Clarke is very happy filming Game of Thrones' sex scenes, as long as they're tastefully done. What wasn't tastefully done was the way this reporter accosted Clarke, before quoting her out of context in service of publishing a misleading article.
However, it's perhaps not so shocking coming from this particular outlet - the Daily Mail is notorious for its shoddy, sensationalist journalism, publishing headlines like these that would be funny had they been intended as a joke:
"How a romantic candlelit dinner can give you cancer"
"Woman, 63, 'becomes PREGNANT in the mouth' with baby squid after eating calamari"
"Rosanna Arquette makes a face after taking a sip of a healthy juice drink"
...so it could have been worse.