Khaleesi Emilia Clarke Breaks Down Why Game Of Thrones Isn’t Sexist
We’re officially less than four weeks away from Game of Thrones’ sixth season premiere and if you’re not stoked, you’re insane. Emilia Clarke talked to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming season, and took the opportunity to explain why she thinks the show isn’t 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. 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. 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.”
Preach! I’ve been arguing for the last year that Sansa’s rape scene, which caused so much outrage that at least one women-oriented blog felt compelled to stop covering the show (except to criticize it), was a non-gratuitous depiction of a trauma that actually happens to actual women and as such shouldn’t be shushed off the air. Women’s lives are complicated, etcetera.
Nonetheless, the showrunners did promise fans that they heard the criticism and some changes would be made in the sixth season, which Clarke’s interview teases as important and exciting for fans of the Khaleesi.