King Joffrey wants to see more d*ck on television and thinks misogyny is bullsh*t. Unexpected!

King Joffrey wants to see more d*ck on television and thinks misogyny is bullsh*t. Unexpected!
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Jack Gleeson goes from world's most hated blonde child to liberated hippie sweetheart in one interview.

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Nothing ominous about this... (via HBO)

Remember when we hated the imaginary character of King Joffrey even more than we hated Walter Palmer? He was a lying, cowardly, woman-abusing, wolf-murdering sociopath and everyone was very happy to watch him die a terrible death. On the show! The guy who played him is actually pretty dope.

After his spectacular exit from GoT, Jack Gleeson announced that he's leaving the spotlight entirely and pursuing a life of academia. Before he goes, he's doing one more weird play written with his Dublin-based collaborators, called Bears in Space, described as an allegorical puppet show for people of all ages. It's supposed to be about the enduring power of friendship, whereas we all know Game of Thrones is about the enduring power of boobies. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Gleeson talks about misogyny and nudity in entertainment in a way that'll make you say, "Crossbow? What crossbow?":

“Yeah, of course; it's a tricky thing when you are representing misogyny in that way because I wouldn't say the show ever implicitly condones misogyny or any kind of violence towards women. But, perhaps, it's still unfair or unjust to represent it even if the gloss on the representation is a negative one.

“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. 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."
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If you don't know somehow, Game of Thrones has received a lot of attention for the way it portrays rape: over and over and over again. It's interesting to hear an actual actor from the show talk about the issue in a way that doesn't completely dismiss it, though he admits he's never even watched GoT! What?!:

“As I say, I don't watch it so I can't really comment, but I have heard that there is male nudity — so I think that is one good thing, to not just objectify women but also objectify the beauty of the male genitalia! We're all objects together."
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There is still a bit of a gender imbalance in this regard on Game of Thrones, unless you consider male nipples as exciting as those powerful lady boobs. I do not.

Thanks for speaking up, Jack, and we hope you return to TV and swing around that D!

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