Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Perhaps it’s unfair or unjust to represent it' - Jack Gleeson addresses 'misogyny' on Game of Thrones

Jack Gleeson in 'Game of Thrones'
Jack Gleeson in 'Game of Thrones'
Actor Jack Gleeson during rehearsals from Bears in Space. Photo: Jason Kennedy
20/6/14 Jack Gleeson at the opening night of Ernest and The Pale Moon at Trinity College, Dublin.Picture:Arthur Carron
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Jack Gleeson has weighed in on the debate about depictions of violence against women in hit HBO show Game of Thrones.

The 23-year-old actor, who played the abhorrent King Joffrey until his character's death in season four, spoke about the issue to the Daily Beast.

He said that while the show never implicitly condones misogyny or any kind of violence towards women, "perhaps it's still unfair or unjust to represent it even if the gloss on the representation is a negative one."

He went on to say that scenes of violence against women should be represented but conceded they could be "traumatic and stressful to watch" for women who have been abused.

“Obviously as a 23-year-old man, I can never put myself into the mindset of a woman who has been sexually assaulted, but I think that sometimes you have to represent awful things happening onscreen even if they’re for entertainment because you have to expose the brutality of them, because the chances are you’re not going to see that anywhere,” he said.

"So there’s a chance it engages some kind of empathy but it is a gray area. It might be very traumatic and stressful to watch those scenes.”

Although Jack, who is currently touring with his play Bears in Space, with his own theatre group, admitted that he no longer watches the show that made his name.

However, he addressed the controversial scene in which Ramsay Bolton rapes Sansa Stark by saying, “I think it’s always how you represent that kind of treatment: Are you in some way making it cool, or are you making it into an entertainment product, and is that wrong? Or are you doing it in order to expose the problem of sexual assault? I haven’t seen the scene, so I can't say.”

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