Kit Harington has spoken out against a sexist ‘double standard’ suffered by male actors in show business.
The Game of Thrones star made the comments in an interview with The Sunday Times where he argued there is ‘definitely’ a sexism suffered by men.
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.
I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks. It’s demeaning.
Harington went so far as to say he’d retire if the issue grew too influential in his career:
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.
If I felt I was being employed just for my looks, I’d stop acting.
Poor Kit – it must be so hard being good looking enough to be objectified and paid handsomely for it.
This isn’t really an issue that needs gender specific tags, it is really just evidence that Hollywood is shallow AF, and that sadly impacts everyone within the industry, both male and female.
In fairness to him, the man famed for playing Jon Snow has reportedly instructed his management to avoid roles which will typecast the 29-year-old as leading male ‘hunk’, and instead is looking for work which will challenge him.