Merely days after the news of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein “raping” and “sexually harassing” several women came to the fore, a lot of such indecent acts from the past have surfaced on the Internet. Several other actresses have spoken up and an old video of Hollywood actor Ben Affleck “inappropriately” touching TV anchor Hilarie Burton has also resurfaced. Although Affleck issued an apology for his behaviour, it was clearly not the only case. In another shocking video from 2011, Jason Momoa, the actor who portrayed the role of Khal Drogo in the television series Game of Thrones, quite openly admitted that the fantasy series allowed him to get away with “raping beautiful women”.
Momoa was speaking at the Comic-Con panel, along with his co-actors, and was speaking on the sci-fi and fantasy genre. “I love that genre because there are so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it and rape beautiful women,” he said. Although the crowd erupted in laughter, Emilia Clarke, who essays the role of Daenerys Targaryen, hid her face. The ‘rape joke’ by Momoa is a reminder of what actor Salman Khan had said last year. In an interview, while talking about the grueling schedule of his film ‘Sultan’, Khan had said “I used to feel like a raped woman. I couldn’t walk straight”. Needless to say his comment was scathingly criticised from all corners.
Momoa has now apologised for the “distasteful joke” he had made years ago. “Rape and sexual harassment can reach anyone and I have seen its painful torture first hand among members of my own family and friends,” he said.