Kit Harington, a.k.a Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, suggested in an interview last year that the sexism he faced in the film and TV industry as a man was equal to the sexism that women faced, and he was promptly eviscerated by the internet. To be fair, it’s a totally ridiculous statement, considered women are routinely underpaid for the fewer amount of jobs that are even available to them and have to also face rampant sexual harassment and assault. But Harington insists that unlike Jon Snow, he does know something, and is taking back those remarks.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Harington took the opportunity to clarify what he thinks about sexism in his industry.
"I was wrong there, though. 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. 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."
And this time, he’s not entirely wrong. The reason sexism in general needs to be dealt with unilaterally is that it affects men just as much as women, albeit in different ways.
Harington’s interview also revealed a few more juicy revelations about his role on Game of Thrones, which was his very first screen role. Namely, the first pilot shot by show runners D.B. Weiss and Dave Benioff was a total flop.
"They made a lot of mistakes. It didn’t look right, didn’t feel right, had nothing different about it," Harington said.
After all, he hadn't grown out his now iconic beard and long hair for his character, and even though Weiss and Benioff went back to the drawing board and came back with the show we now all know and love, that pilot still exists. And it’s been a great blackmailing tool against Harington.
"[Weiss and Benioff] say, if I ever piss them off too much, they’ll release it on YouTube. Every now and then, they send me a screengrab, just as a threat," Harington jokes.
As we all know (or, if you don’t watch Game of Thrones, have probably deduced by now from the insane amount of talk about the show), the last time we saw Jon Snow he was having sex with his aunt on a boat, which is not something you can say everyday. When asked how Harington thinks Jon Snow will react to discovering his lineage and the identity of his new girlfriend, Harington says he doesn’t know but he nevertheless has a good guess.
"I really hope that he just nods slowly and goes, 'Damned right,'" he said. "Something really horribly inappropriate, and you find out Jon’s had a really sick mind the whole time. That’s the way I’d love to play it. I’ll try it for one take, anyway."
In another interview with BBC’s The One Show on Friday, Harington admitted that by now he knows exactly how the entire series will end, as well as "everything" that leads up to the end.
"We had a read through last week in fact, so I know everything now," he said. "I cried at the end."
Well, shit. If Jon Snow cried, then imagine how we’re all going to feel? At least we have a long-ass time to prepare for it.