This weekend Jon Snow went to the dark side — or so it seemed. Speaking to The Sunday Times Magazine, Kit Harington piped up on how hard it is to be have a Y chromosome, saying things like, “There’s a sexism that happens towards men.” This stray bit was fed to the Internet, who were quick to deem the studly bro as a Men’s Rights Activist.
But then a few places, like Jezebel, took the time to read the full quote. Turns out he was making a nuanced argument. “I’d like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks,” the “Game of Thrones” hunk said. “In some ways you could argue I’ve been employed for a look I have. … 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.”
Fair enough, and we can sympathize, especially since he took the time to balance it out: “There’s definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women, and there is towards men as well.” We can all be objectified, just as we can all rush to judgment over out-of-context quotes, especially when the person saying them is as dashing as Kit Harington. But there we go again.