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'Strictly Come Dancing' star Craig Revel made to apologize for Game of Thrones rape comments

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Game of Thrones is well known for all the sex and murder it depicts, although the show definitely is more than just the sum of its parts. Now, comments byCraig Revel Horwood, star of Strictly Come Dancing, have sparked outrage, and forced him to apologize. Craig had commented saying he “liked” the rape scenes in Game of Thrones, according to a report by The Telegraph.

Craig Revel was speaking on the show 8 Out of 10 Cats. When asked whether he had watched Game of Thrones, he said :

“No, I persevered for the first series until the dragon came on and that’s when I switched off. I liked all the sex scenes and the rape and I liked the cleavers through the skulls and I liked all of that, but I got very bored in the end.”

We expect this was followed by an awkward silence, but then a fellow panelist commented :

“Am I the only one who heard that? What world are we living in? Oh, Trump’s world. Fine – keep going.”

Marilyn Hughes, founder of Enough Abuse UK, later said :

“His comment would have enraged many women and men who have been raped. How could he say he liked that scene? I’m absolutely disgusted… You cannot have people on a family show with that mindset. I think the BBC should get rid of him.

When you are in such a high-profile position you cannot afford to make comments like this… You cannot have someone glibly talking about rape like this, it’s jaw-droppingly awful.”

The outrage forced Craig to apologize. He spoke to OK magazine, saying :

“I unreservedly apologise for any offence caused by my comments.”

Although it was insensitive of Craig to say what he said, we cannot simply move to a culture where our TV and Movies don’t show things simply because their real-life counterparts are offensive. Game of Thrones does show a lot of rape, but it also shows the victims rising from the ashes, and being stronger than ever. A majority of the key characters are women, and they are doing a much better job than the men. If only we could focus on the positive, once in a while!

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