If you’ve ever watched Game of Thrones, you’re used to watching a lot of violence on the show, including sexual assault. There have been plenty a debate on how the sexism on Game of Thrones is common knowledge given the number of rape scenes that take place against women. Many claim that the show is sexist in that aspect, and many oppose the idea saying violence is similar for both the men and women on Game of Thrones. However, the managing director of Sky Atlantic, Gary Davey, is of the opinion that there is no sexism on the show, and that men and women face equal violence.
As reported by Digital Spy, when Davey was asked about Sansa Stark’s rape scene, he said, “I think that’s nonsense. There is also a lot of violence to men. For anybody who’s watched the show, it can be a very violent show.”
“I don’t think the violence against women is particularly highlighted,” he added. “It is just part of the story. The rape happens, it’s part of the story, it was in the books.”
He later defended how violence is not something unusual on television these days, by saying, “I think it is a bit silly, it is not like sex and violence on TV is a new idea. I feel like I’ve been defending it for most of my adult life. In fact I’m not sure it’s any worse or any better than it’s ever been. And I think part of the issue is context. I think Sky Atlantic in particular is a really good example. People know what to expect there. It is challenging content whether it is the story structure, the characters, or indeed the intensity of the content – in sex and violence context really matters.”