Kit Harington claims sexism against male actors in Hollywood needs to be recognised

'I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks,' says Harington

Maya Oppenheim
Monday 30 May 2016 10:17
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Harrington explained that he would stop acting altogether if he felt he was only being cast in roles because of his looks
Harrington explained that he would stop acting altogether if he felt he was only being cast in roles because of his looks

Kit Harington has said he does not want to be pigeonholed because of his appearance and has argued sexism against men in Hollywood needs to be properly recognised.

The Game of Thrones actor, who plays the role of Jon Snow, said that male actors now endure “demeaning” sexism towards their appearance which women in the film industry have long experienced.

The 29-year-old said he’d been most exposed to the film industry’s sexism in scenes where he was asked to strip off.

“I think there is a double standard,” he told The Sunday Times Magazine. “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,” he continued. “It’s demeaning. 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.”

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Harrington explained he would stop acting altogether if he felt he was only being cast in roles because of his looks. He also said he tired of being asked perpetual questions about his hair, muscular physique and love life.

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