Question Of The Day: Are You Turned-Off By Depictions Of Rape And Sexual Assault In TV And Film?

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Game Of Thrones Actress Says She “Really Liked” Shooting Controversial Rape Scene

How much have you been desensitized to the violence portrayed on TV and in movies? Do you flinch when zombies eat your favorite Walking Dead character? Do you even bat an eyelid when a person is brutally strangled in a crime drama? Does the rape of women and/or children in movies make you feel ANY type of way?

Via NYDailyNews

Actress Sophie Turner is defending “Game of Thrones” writers’ decision to include a shocking rape scene involving her character amid rising backlash over Sunday’s episode.

In the controversial ending to the episode, Turner’s Sansa Stark, a fan favorite who has been victimized in many ways over the HBO fantasy series’ five-season run, is brutalized by her new husband, Ramsey Bolton (Iwan Rheon). Making the scene from “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” more traumatic is the presence of her father’s former ward Theon (Alfie Allen), who is forced to watch.

It’s an even tougher scene to watch than it is to read in George R.R. Martin’s original novel, since the horror unfolds instead upon a more minor character, Jeyne.

“When I read that scene, I kinda loved it,” the British actress told Entertainment Weekly. “I love the way Ramsay had Theon watching. It was all so messed up.

“It’s also so daunting for me to do it. I’ve been making (producer Bryan Cogman) feel so bad for writing that scene: “I can’t believe you’re doing this to me!” But I secretly loved it.”

Well, a lot of people didn’t love it. Including Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill…

Feminist pop culture site The Mary Sue announced that it would no longer cover the series, slamming show-runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss for their decisions concerning onscreen depictions of sexual violence against women.

“Rape is not a necessary plot device,” Editor in Chief Jill Pantozzi wrote. “Really think about that before shouting ‘creative freedom’ in our direction, please.

What say you? Is it “just a TV show”, or do the producers of our entertainment have a responsibility to walk delicately around the public’s delicate sensibilities?

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