‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke ‘Can’t Stand’ Sex Scenes
For as long as Game of Thrones has aired (and will surely continue until Season 8), the HBO adaptation courts controversy in its depiction of sex and violence, from a number of directions. Some stars have even spoken out of their distaste for the show’s visceral style, but perhaps none so directly as star Emilia Clarke, who “[doesn’t] want to have sex thrown in my face.”
Cue your internet outrage-ometers, but Clarke recently delivered some pointed comments to the Daily Mail, expressing her appeal for more subtle sex scenes in TV and movies (granted, without specifically referencing Game of Thrones), and less cringe-worthy gratuitousness:
Sex scenes should be more subtle. I’m British, so I cringe at that sort of thing anyway — I can’t stand it. I don’t want to have sex thrown in my face and I’ve always thought the suggestion is so much more titillating than the act itself. Most sex scenes you see in films or on TV are gratuitous and they’re usually just to attract an audience. On screen, the subtler the better.
Now, here’s where the issue gets a bit dicey: the report also makes reference to departed Game of Thrones star Oona Chaplin’s years-earlier comment on an actress purportedly refusing future nude scenes, to the tune of “I want to be known for my acting, not my breasts.” The Daily Mail directly identifies the actress in question as Clarke, though we should remember, this was never, in any way, shape or form, conclusively proven.
Nudity has long been a thorn in Game of Thrones‘ side, offering overwhelming representation of the female form, without anywhere near the same objectification of males, and Clarke’s words are certainly a pointed barb at the series’ depiction of sex. The uncharted waters of Season 6 make it difficult to discern who next will endure the most “gratuitous” scenes, but does Daenerys have a point? Would Game of Thrones court less controversy with more subtle sexuality?
Game of Thrones season 6 will premiere in 2016, Emilia Clarke and all.