If you don’t know Jason Momoa, he’s the hulking Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones and is about to occupy a big place in the DC Universe as Aquaman in the upcoming Justice League films.
Recently, comments from a 2011 San Diego Comic-Con panel have resurfaced and they are *not* good.
In the clip, Momoa talks about what he loves most about his time on Game of Thrones.
“There’s so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it and rape beautiful women,” Momoa says. Many people in the audience laugh while some of Momoa’s colleagues avert their gaze away from the actor and down to the floor.
— elizabeth (@peeanofreek) October 12, 2017
Several Twitter users expressed their extreme dissatisfaction with Momoa’s comments and the audience’s laughing approval.
I hate that sexual assault has grown to be so strongly associated with science fiction and fantasy. https://t.co/VUsLi0SahZ
— S. A. Chakraborty (@SChakrabs) October 12, 2017
AHAHAHAHAHA! Brilliant. Rape beautiful women. Funny. Funny stuff. *jumps off the planet* https://t.co/APbEEvdWFO
— amanda abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) October 12, 2017
I shoulda known Jason Momoa was too fine to be worth a damn. Wow. https://t.co/EmuqEsknzo
— king crissle (@crissles) October 12, 2017
and allllllllllllll the laughter in the audience is what we mean when we say rape culture. https://t.co/YR645XyLnP
— wikipedia brown (@eveewing) October 12, 2017
Momoa’s comments coincide with an overdue moment of increased scrutiny about sexual assault and misogyny in Hollywood as continuous allegations of assault surface against producer Harvey Weinstein. Since the allegations surfaced and continue to surface several stars, male and female, have come out with their own stories of Hollywood’s culture of sexual harassment and assault.
Momoa is set to star in the DC Universe with Ben Affleck as Batman. On Wednesday, Affleck tweeted an apology to former MTV VJ Hilarie Burton for groping her on camera.