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Kit Harington: It’s “Demeaning” to Call Me a Hunk

Kit Harrington

So cold, Jon Snow! Kit Harington is not pleased with certain fans' adoring words.

The Game of Thrones actor, 28, sounded off in a new interview with the New York Post's Page Six about being called a hunk, and why he takes issue with the admiring label. 

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"To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning," Harington told the newspaper. "It really is and it's in the same way as it is for women. When an actor is seen only for her physical beauty, it can be quite offensive." 

The British star, who transitioned into film work with roles in 2014's Pompeii and the upcoming Spooks: The Greater Good, said he sees little difference between the objectification of men and that of women. 

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"Well, it’s not just men that can be inappropriate sexually; women can be as well," Harington explained. "I'm in a successful TV show in a kind of leading man way and it can sometimes feel like your art is being put to one side for your sex appeal. And I don’t like that."

The self-identified leading man stars as bastard Stark son and Night's Watchman Jon Snow in Game of Thrones alongside Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, and Maisie Williams, among others. The HBO show made him a household name and gave him the hunk status he is struggling with.

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"In this position you get asked a lot, 'Do you like being a heartthrob? Do you like being a hunk?'" Harington said. "Well, my answer is, 'That's not what I got into it for.'"

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