Season 6 of Game of Thrones premieres April 24, I’ve just received a text, “The Game Approacheth” with a link to the trailer from friends I’ve watched 5 seasons with, and I’m not forgetting what I promised last year. I will no longer watch Game of Thrones on HBO.
Last year Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill tweeted that she was through with Game of Thrones after the brutal rape of character Sansa Stark in Season 5. The season 4 incestuous rape over a corpse, which The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern called, “the most screwed up sex scene ever broadcast on television” wasn’t bad enough apparently. They went ahead an used rape as a lame plot point again. Stark’s character was not developed by the event and as Senator McCaskill wrote, “Gratuitous rape scenes are disgusting and unacceptable.” I don’t think there’s much more to say on the matter.
Except, Reaxxion’s “Ethics Officer” Sam Roberts responded that healthy people don’t get upset when something bad happens on television and it just goes to show that feminists lead miserable lives. The comments following the article are even more, “extreme.” I’m thinking really hard about whether my empathy level is out of whack and if I have nothing more important to whine about because I’m pathetic as implied by this article and accompanying comments (there are of course other articles and more comments). I’m thinking that defenders of the show are correct when they say if I don’t like it, I shouldn’t watch. I’m not going to watch.