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Kit Harington Describes the Backlash He Received For His Thoughts on Male Sexualization

Kit Harington Describes the Backlash He Received For His Thoughts on Male Sexualization

Kit Harington shows off his signature curly locks on the cover of Out magazine’s June/July 2015 issue.

Here’s what the 28-year-old Game of Thrones star had to share with the mag:

On the backlash he received for saying it was “demeaning” to be called a hunk: “I found it unfair, really, some of the stuff I read [in response]. I was making a point, which was that I think young men do get objectified, do get sexualized unnecessarily. As a person who is definitely in that category, as a young leading man in this world, I feel I have a unique voice to talk about that. I was making a point to sort of say, ‘It just needs to be highlighted.’ With every photo shoot I ever go to, I’m told to take off my shirt, and I don’t.”

On Game of Thrones addressing sexuality: “It’s not just gay and straight. We’ve got bisexual characters as well, which is rarely done on TV. I like the fact that we deal with a broad spectrum of sexuality.”

On the media: “I’m slowly getting to be more comfortable with them, but I find them terrifying. They scare the f–king living sh-t out of me.”

For more from Kit, visit Out.com.

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Credit: Out magazine
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  • Fraggle

    Thank God not a single woman ever gets sexualized or objectified. These poor men, they have to suffer so much… young, handsome and quite successful… and then this! The burden society expects them to carry… it’s devastating. Truly devastating.

  • Scarlett

    Oh and no female star ever gets objectified. It’s been going on since movies started, people objectifying, fantasizing over stars, male and female, right back to Mary Pickford and Rudolph Valentino. It’s not a new phenomenon plaguing this generation of movie stars. There will always be sex symbols, teenage crushes etc. Is it fair or right to look at someone so superficially, no, of course not, but it does, more often than not go hand in hand with a genuine admiration of a persons work too. Talent is sexy.

  • suzybel

    Please don’t get upset Kit, but you really ARE a hunk, whether you like it or not. You are in the wrong business if you don’t want to be drooled over. Sorry!

  • rocknmovie

    Women have been objectified for decades… And some men have been objectified too before: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and others…

  • plez

    He’s yet to prove that himself in anything but GOT. He should wait before whining about the trials and tribulations of being a “hunk”.

  • Mike1288

    It is so hard when people keep calling you hot.. Oh the agony. STFU there are real problems in the world. Let’s just all agree being a human is hard for various reasons so deal.

  • michelle

    oh please, boo hoo…..you get paid enormously for being “objectified”…..wish I had it so bad….I get crumbs for highly technical skills….so can it, stud…..

  • rocky22

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  • jason

    it’s funny how little tv actors like this guy complain more than superstars like leo,pitt, pattison

  • Casey C

    Leading man?? who is he kidding? unique voice?? who is he kidding?

  • Baseliner

    i think every single one of you missed the point of what he is saying. when women complain about being objectified or sexism, they get sympathy but when men complain, they get responses like the ones in this comments section. Women always play the victim card but when men complain about something similar, women still feel a need to make it all about them.

  • Me1

    MTE!!! Lol

  • mer

    While I think that objectification of men is an important topic, I don’t understand it from this guy – he’s got famous in a show that’s basically about sex. It’s not like his character is a profound philosopher that teaches us some values. He is there to be hot. He must’ve known it from the script. So generally I don’t dismiss the topic but it’s really weird to take it seriously from him.

  • AJ

    Exactly!

  • AJ

    Lol you idiots miss the entire point.

  • Baseliner

    would you react differently if a women said what he said?

  • mer

    If you mean the “he read the script – knew there will be sex scenes – could’ve realized he was gonna be there because he’s hot – it’s made him famous – now he’s complaining”, than yes, I would feel completely the same if it were a woman. It’s like if models make lingerie photo shots with tons of make-up, the pictures are photoshopped and than the models complain about objectification. They are part of the problem.

  • Anya

    I don’t get these comments. Anyone remembers that feminism is about equality? So it’s NOT ok if men objectify women, but it’s ok if women objectify men? Yes, women has suffered through this for much much longer period of time and they still do, but that doesn’t mean that men can’t suffer with it as well.
    If saying that he is hunk and hot is ok and dismissing him as a person with character qualities than it should be ok to say that women is hot and who cares how smart she is or isn’t. But it’s not ok in either case.

    I’m well aware of how sexist today society still is, but hen it comes to physical beauty it goes both ways. The society as such glorifies and objectifies those who are beautiful on the outside, no matter whether women or men.

    He got famous because he is hot? well how many female celebrities got to be famous because they are not just talented (and sometimes not even that), but are also hot.

    He has a right as anyone to call on this double standard BS.

    I, as a feminist, can asses his complaint and see his truth in it.

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