The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) wants you to stop watching Game of Thrones. A petition called ‘Shame of Thrones’, addressed to HBO and sponsored by NCOSE, accuses the network of turning pornography and sexual violence into mainstream entertainment:
“I am outraged that you are producing a television series that routinely uses graphic and explicit depictions rape, incest, orgies, prostitution, sexual violence, and gratuitous allusions to child sexual abuse. Instead of choosing to deal with subjects like rape with sensitivity and gravity, Game of Thrones has consistently portrayed these scenes with salacious detail.
Through the combination of interesting storylines with highly sexualized and violent content, HBO has made a business of turning pornographic sexual violence into mass entertainment.
This year I will be taking a stand against explicit and exploitive graphic sexual content on television by boycotting the Game of Thrones series and encouraging others to do the same.”
At a press conference, center’s executive director Dawn Hawkins accused Game of Thrones and HBO of bringing ‘torture pornography into American living rooms’:
“Since 2011, HBO has relentlessly brought the ambiance of torture pornography into American living rooms through ‘Game of Thrones’ explicit depictions of rape, incest, prostitution, and sexual violence. This cocktail of pornography and twisted plot lines must be denounced as socially irresponsible, especially in an age when American society is struggling to combat the crisis of sexual assault and rape culture.”
“In stark contrast, films like ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘The Color Purple’ manage to convey the gravity of rape in a plotline without exploiting it in a way that is salacious or dehumanizing. Game of Thrones however, has consistently crossed the line of decency by grotesquely depicting rape, incest, prostitution, and sexual violence in a manner that turns viewers into vicarious participants. For its incessant themes of sexual violence, ‘Game of Thrones’ would be more aptly named ‘Shame of Thrones’.”
NCOSE’s hate for Game of Thrones is not new and the center has constantly bashed the show for its depiction of sex, violence and nudity. They even have a page on their website dedicated to the hit HBO fantasy show, where they maintain a ‘proof section helping people to understand the frequent themes and scenes in the show’.