Kit Harington is rethinking the remarks he made last year about male “sexism” in the entertainment industry.
“It’s demeaning,” Harington said. “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 the time, some pointed out that “objectification” would have been a better term for Harington to use. Now, it seems the actor would agree.
“I was wrong there, though,” he told the Guardian in a new interview. “Sexism against men is not something I should have really said. I think what I meant was, being objectified. At that time, I did feel objectified, and now I’ve learned how to control that.”
“Look, I do think men can get objectified,” he continued. “I do feel I have been objectified in the past, sexually, as well, in pieces that have been written about me. Has that made me feel uncomfortable in the past? Yes. Do I think my position is the same as a woman’s in society? No. They’re very different things, and I should have separated them. I was wrong.”
Harington has lamented being called a “hunk” in the past. He later clarified those remarks, too, saying he was trying to raise the issue of unnecessary sexualization of young men in Hollywood.
“I was making a point to sort of say, ‘It just needs to be highlighted,’” he told Out magazine in 2015. “With every photo shoot I ever go to, I’m told to take off my shirt, and I don’t.”