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“If you are different from the crowd, you stand apart.” This is supposed to be a positive saying. But seldom has it meant much glee to those belonging to the LGBTQ community. Their emancipation has been long overdue and with countries like India striking down age-old laws against being LGBTQ, the clamor in support of equal rights for the community is steadily rising. The latest to voice his concern is Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the show.

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Kit, who recently attended the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with co-actors Thandie Newton, Emily Hampshire and director Xavier Dolan for their film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, talked to Variety about the representation of LGBTQ in mainstream cinema and other important walks of life.

He said, “There’s a big problem with the idea of masculinity and homosexuality. They can’t somehow go hand in hand. That we can’t have someone in a Marvel movie who’s gay in real life and plays some superhero. I mean, when is that gonna happen?” The film deals with a celebrity’s life, whose closet homosexual identity receives a tragic impact when the ‘truth’ gets surfaced in the society.

Newton remarked, “If we look at the sports industry, just the few people who have stepped into their true selves in an uncompromising way. The effect that would have in 10 years! It is changing, but we have to get behind those changes and keep pushing it.’’

Xavier Dolan added his voice to Kit’s, observing, “When I started writing Donovan, the Instagram was there but in the past year there have been so many young queer actors and actresses that came out through social media. But does that mean that the industry has changed in how it regards these talents and the opportunities it wants or doesn’t want to offer them”

“A lot of these people are my friends and they say ‘I am free now but I know I am not going to get the career I once wanted. But I am at peace with that because at least I can be who I am.’’’

Kit Harington wants LGBTQ Marvel Superhero

Marvel has faced the uproar of the community in the past due to the lack of LGBTQ representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially when a scene in Thor: Ragnarok that could have hinted at Valkyrie’s bisexuality was eventually cut from the final edit.

Valkyrie is a member of an elite group of female warriors tasked to defend Thor’s home planet, Asgard, and the character is bisexual in the comic books. Other potential queer characters presently residing in the MCU have suffered similar fates such as Loki, Okoye & Ayo in Black Panther, Korg in Thor: Ragnarok, with none being able to come out on the big screen.

Kit Harington questions the lack of gay superheroes in Marvel movies

The case doesn’t just point to Marvel, but to other mainstream productions as well. DC Comics writer Greg Rucka confirmed Wonder Woman as a bisexual character, which could have made her the first bisexual superhero on screen. But this finds no mention in the 2017 Warner Bros film Wonder Woman.

This has led to a Change.org petition being filed by GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), a U.S. non-governmental media monitoring organization that shares LGBTQ stories to accelerate acceptance, to portray Wonder Woman’s bisexuality in the highly awaited sequel.

Kit Harington asks for LGBTQ representation in Marvel films

Recently, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, had hinted at out LGBTQ characters in MCU in the future, from the ones we’ve already seen and the ones we haven’t yet seen on screen. But this remains a mere possibility unless an official confirmation is made.

Kit Harington asks for LGBTQ representation in Marvel films

As far as Game of Thrones goes, it has a fair share of LGBTQ characters. Whether it’s Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand’s flaunt of their bisexuality, Renly Baratheon and Loras Tyrell’s hidden gay romance or Yara Greyjoy’s fierce acceptance of being lesbian, the land of seven kingdoms & beyond has had no qualms of presenting queer identities. Though when it comes to the people from the LGBTQ community taking mainstream roles in the society, we have a long way to walk. What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.






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Salma Hayek can’t wait to work with Kit Harington in Marvel’s The Eternals

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Salma Hayek can't wait to work with Kit Harington in Marvel's The Eternals

Game of Thrones has such a big fan following that many Hollywood actors themselves are big fans of the show, and are known to have a fan moment when they run into the cast. We saw one come from one of the most celebrated Hollywood actresses, Salma Hayek, who expressed her excitement about working with Kit Harington. Read on!

Kit Harington, who played the role of Jon Snow on the show was recently announced to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe with The Eternals. He will be playing the role of the Black Knight, a.k.a. Dane Whitman, joining his former onscreen brother Richard Madden (Robb Stark). Also a part of the cast is Salma Hayek, who seems to have recently met Kit for what could possibly be a first table read or something similar for the film. She posted a picture with him to Instagram, with a caption expressing her excitement about working with him:

Well, there’s no denying that Kit, Robb, Salma and others will be amazing in this movie. Set for a 2020 release, we’re expecting to hear more and more about the film in the upcoming months. Are you guys excited yet? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones, says online poll

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Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

Game of Thrones is one of the most talked-about things in recent times. Although one means no disrespect towards the saga of Ice and Fire, the popular opinion has seemed to lean towards the negative during and after the show’s final season. Inconsistent character arcs, premature swansong, lack of explanation, etc. were some of the opinions floating around the internet and our social circles. The dissatisfaction felt very real when more than a million people signed a petition to urge HBO to remake the final season.

While it’s easy to take the Mountain i.e. the Game of Thrones down on negative howls, it takes a lot more than a Hound to actually do so. YouGov, internet-based market research and data analytics firm proved the same with a recently conducted online survey. It has revealed some interesting data related to our beloved show and its reception among the viewers. And it’s not all negative. Read on!

Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

The company conducted the digital poll keeping Emmy’s in the eye. It speaks for the nominated shows on behalf of 2475 US adults selected from a panel of 1.2 million individuals. The sample size doesn’t seem so significant and even limits the geography to the USA. Yet it can account for popular opinion due to random sampling involved in the selection of the participants.

Without any further ado, let’s dive into the findings that pertain to Game of Thrones.

The extent of satisfaction: 52% of participants said that they were “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the final season of Game of Thrones. So yeah, most people seem to be satisfied. However, 41% expressed that they were unsatisfied, with 7% choosing no sides. Not the result one anticipated for Game of Thrones before the final season aired.

Outstanding Drama Series: 18% of people chose the HBO series as the most deserving show to win the Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy’s; the most for any show. We know that there’s going to be no more Game of Thrones, at least not in the present form. So, it could be an emotional choice or perhaps a callback for the cumulative experience the series has generated over the years. Or maybe, they genuinely liked the whole thing!

Level of Engagement with the show: 18% said that they had watched every single episode of Game of Thrones to date; while a whopping 44% have neither watched a single episode nor intend to; again the most among all the shows. This feels ironical; a show that got more eyeballs than any other show has also managed to escape the fancy of an equally huge number.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss: When asked if they would be interested in watching something that the Game of Thrones showrunners make, 29% expressed an interest while 38% chose to be uninterested in their future ventures. The duo has received the maximum flak for the final season not being up to the mark. No wonder, the results don’t reflect otherwise.

Now, these revelations are not set in stone nor do they speak on behalf of everyone. There is even a margin of statistical error in the analysis itself. But they do involve a methodology and represent a general trend towards the sought-after show. Game of Thrones has sparked conversations with every new season since its inception. And it’s still very much alive, especially with multiple promising prequels in the pipeline. In spite of all that, we can hardly say that the show got an ideal farewell from the viewers.

Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

 

If you were to ask us, we would say we were content with the final result; i.e. the final position of every character in Westeros or to the West of it (Arya), although we don’t think this was the best way to reach there. What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments below.






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Emilia Clarke is vacationing in India with Rose Leslie, reveals details on Instagram

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Emilia Clarke is vacationing in India with Rose Leslie, reveals details on Instagram

Game of Thrones stars have had one of the more stressful jobs of the decade, being so popular, and acting in a show that has an intense production as well as the attention surrounding it. So it’s understandable when you hear that the Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke, is currently on a spiritual vacation to India, accompanied by none other than Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte, and they seem to be having a great time. Read on!

Emilia recently posted a bunch of pictures through an Instagram post, showing her and Rose having the best time in India, and even getting robbed by some monkeys. Check it out:

Emilia says in a hashtag in the caption that she was at Ananda Spa Himalayas, and then discusses her off time spent in India with her bestie, Rose Leslie. Looks like the pair left Kit Harington behind on this little trip. Emilia also revealed that they were robbed by monkeys, which is quite a common sight in some parts of India and even included a picture of a bunch of adorable monkeys caught red-handed.

Emilia also seemed to have gotten some reading done in her time in India, and it seems like it was, all in all, a relaxing trip after a decade on Game of Thrones. That’s not all, a while ago, Emilia had revealed that she was about 1/8th Indian, through her grandmother that was half Indian, and that she loved that part of herself.

Well, it’s unclear if the pair are still in India, but you might spot them around if they are. Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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