'Game of Thrones' star Jason Momoa forced to apologise for rape ‘joke’
First things first, rape jokes are never funny. No matter the situation, it's not good to laugh at sexual abuse in any circumstance, and rape jokes should never be condoned. Therefore, you would think that if you were one of the leading actors in Game of Thrones, you would avoid cracking any form of rape joke - particularly in the public realm.
Sadly, this isn't the case for Jason Momoa, who told an offensive and rubbish joke during a Q&A a few years ago. And in light of the allegations being chucked at Harvey Weinstein, Momoa's joke has appeared online and the actor has received a storm of abuse.
In a clip from Comic Con six years ago, Momoa can be heard making a very distasteful and crude comment on the Comic Con panel in Hall H. Speaking about his character Khal Drogo, and why he enjoys playing him, Momoa said:
"But as far as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that there’s so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it and rape beautiful women."
The room of fans burst into laughter, while his castmates such as Emilia Clarke, whose character was raped by Khal Drogo in the series, looked on embarrassed.
After the clip went viral online, Jason took to Instagram to issue an apology to his fans and to anyone he had upset with the remark. The 38 year old wrote:
"I awoke in Australia to the justified reactions by many people to a distasteful joke I made years ago in Hall H for which I am sorry.
"I am still severely disappointed in myself at the insensitivity of my remarks that day. I know my sincerest apology now won’t take away those hurtful words.
"Rape and sexual harassment can reach anyone and I have seen first hand its painful torment among members of my own family and friends.
"I made a truly tasteless comment. It is unacceptable and I sincerely apologise with a heavy heart for the words I said.
"All apologies, Jason."
The joke by Jason is just one of the disturbing moments to resurface as the Weinstein scandal unfolds. This week a video emerged showing Ben Affleck groping the One Tree Hill actress Hilarie Burton, something which Affleck has now apologised for.
Meanwhile, plenty of other celebrities have now spoken out about the culture of sexual harassment within Hollywood, with accusations aiming at Weinstein, as well as plenty of other Hollywood executives.
Not all of those coming forward are female stars, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider and James Van Der Beek have also opened up regarding the harassment at the hands of men in Hollywood.
It's yet to be seen what will happen to Harvey Weinstein in wake of these allegations, although the police forces in both London and New York have now opened cases against the producer. Comments like those from Momoa, as well as the actions of Affleck and Weinstein, show that Hollywood definitely has a problem when it comes to sexual harassment and assault.