Men in Hollywood are being called out for their apparently flippant attitude towards sexual assault and the latest in the list is Jason Momoa, whose 2011 Game of Thrones rape joke appeared to make light of the brutal sex scenes on the show.
His character on the hit show was Khal Drogo, a warrior who infamously forced sex on a crying Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) in the first season.
Earlier today, a video of Jason Momoa making a rape joke during Comic-Con resurfaced and the internet wasn't happy. It was 2011, and Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa was describing why he loved working on the show to an audience of fans at the San Diego Comic-Con.Also read : These are the 7 Famous Women of "Game of Thrones" Who Began Their Careers as Porn Stars
“AS FAR as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that genre because there are 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 shocking moment was all but forgotten for years, but has gone viral online in recent days in the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
After eight women spoke to the New York Times about inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment, the entertainment industry seemed to have a watershed moment.
Momoa has taken Instagram to say sorry for the rape joke, which was reposted on Twitter in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.
"I am severely disappointed in myself at the insensitivity of my remarks that day," he says.
"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."
Momoa is currently in Australia filming the new Aquaman movie.