Why Emilia Clarke is Sick of People Complaining About Nudity in ‘Game of Thrones’

Matthew Loffhagen
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Poor Emilia Clarke.

You get naked in front of a camera one of two times, and suddenly nobody wants to talk about anything else.

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, Clarke has expressed her annoyance that people keep harping on about this silly nudity nonsense. It’s just not a big deal, she argues, and she feels that she’s being unduly singled out over this issue.

Said Clarke:

“I’m starting to get really annoyed about this stuff now because people say, ‘Oh, yeah, all the porn sites went down when Game of Thrones came back on.’ I’m like, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale?’ I f**king love that show, and I cried when it ended because I couldn’t handle not seeing it. That is all sex and nudity. There are so many shows centered around this very true fact that people reproduce.”

So is Emilia Clarke right about this? Should audiences stop caring about nudity, and just get on with watching these shows?

There’s no cut and dry easy answer for this issue. On the one hand, it should be said that while Emilia can name another show with similar levels of sex and nudity, Game of Thrones really did pave the way for this stuff becoming mainstream.

The majority of shows still stay away from showing too much skin, if only to avoid the same kind of stigma that Clarke has to put up with.

It can be argued that the current television environment still adheres to some fairly strict rules on decency, even if the lines are beginning to blur. We’re probably going to see a lot more sexy shows in future, but many audiences will still be put off by this kind of content for the foreseeable future.

Dany and Drogo
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At the same time, Emilia’s right. Nudity isn’t that big of a deal, and people around the world are becoming increasingly used to talking openly about sex. There’s something to be said for the benefits of having more discussions on this subject, as it helps to fill in education gaps that young people are currently experiencing.

There isn’t really a cut and dry right answer on this subject. Obviously, Emilia Clarke, as one of the pioneers of the art of getting her boobs out in front of a camera, is going to face some weird comments and criticism for having done so.

At the same time, there’s a lot of good that can come from being more open and honest about sex – even if, like its portrayal of dragons, magic, and monsters, Game of Thrones’ version of physical intimacy doesn’t exactly resemble anything in the real world.

Jon Snow in a Boat
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Either way, there is one element of Game of Thrones sex scenes that probably aren’t going to become mainstream any time soon – the incest.

Long after questions of nudity go away, Emilia Clarke is still going to have to discuss – at length – the time her character boned her own nephew.