Emilia Clarke Weighs in on ‘Game of Thrones’ Sexism Claims
The Mother of Dragons isn’t here for your controversy…
Emilia Clarke, known for role as the powerful Queen Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the forthcoming season of the fantasy show and decided to offer her opinion on the hotly debating topic: Is Game of Thrones sexist?
“There’s so much controversy. Yet that’s what’s beautiful about Game of Thrones – it’s depiction of women in so many different stages of development,” she said.
The actress shared her frustration that only the unsavory depictions of women are commented on and criticized, ignoring all the ways woman are cast in a more favorable light on the hit HBO show.
“There are women depicted as sexual tools, women who have zero rights, women who are queens but only to a man, and then there are women who are literally unstoppable and as powerful as you can possibly imagine,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “So it pains me to hear people taking Thrones out of context with anti-feminist spin – because you can’t do that about this show. It shows the range that happens to women, and ultimately shows women are not only equal, but have a lot of strength.”
Speaking of power, or perhaps willpower, the 29-year-old also revealed that she doesn’t Google herself, which is pretty impressive.
“…I read interview where an actor said, ‘If you ever hear an actor say they don’t Google themselves, they’re lying.’ Well, I don’t Google myself! One minute I’m engaged to James Franco, the next I’m in a love triangle with my best friend and my gay best friend. You’re like ‘pfffff!’ none of this is true.”
The newest season of Game of Thrones premieres on April 24, 2016.