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Jessica Chastain Blasts ‘Game of Thrones’ For Using Rape As Empowerment

Actress Jessica Chastain is taking the much-lauded HBO show “Game of Thrones” to task for attempting to use rape as a vehicle to female empowerment.

Chastain did not appreciate the way in which the show, which has always exploited women in every which way imaginable, handled the transformation of Sansa Stark (played by Sophie Turner) in a recent episode in which she suggested that she developed gumption in part due to a previous rape she endured.

“Chastain said dialogue between The Hound (played by Rory McCann) and Stark as they marked victory in the Battle of Winterfell suggested the latter only possessed her current strength because of the harrowing sexual assault she’d suffered from Ramsay Bolton (played by Iwan Rheon) in season five of HBO’s epic fantasy drama,” reports HuffPost.

In the episode, The Hound told Stark how she had changed and that “none of it would have happened if you’d left Kings Landing with me, no Littlefinger, no Ramsay, none of it.”

To that, Sansa Stark replied, “Without Littlefinger and Ramsay and the rest, I would’ve stayed a little bird all my life.”

The implication is that Ramsay’s rape somehow contributed to her growth. Chastain said the scene was the show using rape as a “tool to make a character stronger.”

“Rape is not a tool to make a character stronger,” tweeted Chastain. “A woman doesn’t need to be victimized in order to become a butterfly. The #littlebird was always a Phoenix. Her prevailing strength is solely because of her. And her alone.”

Jessica Chastain’s criticism of “Game of Thrones” follows a recent scene that some viewers found shocking involving actress Maisie Williams, whose character, Arya Stark, audiences were introduced to when she was just 11 years old. The big scene occurred between the now 22-year-old Williams and the character Gendry (played by 31-year-old Joe Dempsie). Arya, who is 18 years old in the show, wanted to lose her virginity prior to a major battle.

“We’re probably going to die soon. I want to know what it’s like before that happens,” her character tells Gendry as she aggressively kisses him.

On Instagram, responding to the scene, actress Sophie Turner made a raunchy joke involving the Easter Bunny doing something rather NSFW. “In honor of Easter, I guess Game of Thrones wanted the storyline to have a little Easter Bunny hop, hop, hoppin’ into that p—y, and that’s the tea,” Turner said while sipping a glass of red wine in a video posted on her Instagram stories.

The hit HBO shows seems to have taken a lot of hits this week. On Tuesday, ThinkProgress lamented HBO abandoning its climate change theme.

“The huge HBO hit Game of Thrones has long been seen as a metaphor or parable for the climate crisis — and the author of the original books, George R.R. Martin, said as much last year, calling his story ‘a great parallel’ to modern day climate change,” ThinkProgress’s Joe Romm wrote. “But in the show’s eighth and final season, as the TV series races far past where Martin left the story in his still unfinished book series, HBO’s writers and show runners have literally shattered the entire metaphor.”

Apparently, leftists saw the approaching Army of the Dead as the symbol of climate change (“Winter is Coming”) and — spoiler alert — saw their dreams dashed when the army was defeated rather easily by a single character.

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