Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame (hey, Jon Snow) recently sat down at the Variety Studio at the Toronto Film Festival. He was joined by his The Death and Life of John F. Donovan costars, Emily Hampshire and Thandie Newton, as well as their director, Xavier Dolan.
The group began to talk about homosexual representation in major industries like sports and, of course, Hollywood. Harington specifically pointed toward the lack of gay representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
There’s a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can’t somehow go hand in hand. That we can’t have someone in a Marvel movie who’s gay in real life and plays some super hero. I mean, when is that going to happen?
Dolan also chimed in, saying that social media has helped actors find a safe place to come out but that doesn't mean they are accepted.
This is not the first time MCU has been under scrutiny for their lack of diversity when it comes to sexual orientation. They have also been under fire for not featuring any LGBTQ characters in their superhero films. In June, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that an LGBTQ superhero was going to happen. Any further confirmation has yet to be made.
Later, in August, Ant-Man and the Wasp producer Stephen Broussard also addressed the lack of representation:
I know it can be frustrating if you’re part of a group that wants to see more representation and the answer is always ‘stay tuned’—I can imagine that that’s frustrating—but that is happening behind the scenes, you’re going to be seeing that more and more.
Some fans were quick to remind Harington that Tessa Thompson, an openly bisexual actress, played Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok. Yet a scene revealing her sexuality to viewers was ultimately cut from the movie.
Fans of MCU and GoT thanked Harington for using his privilege to speak out on behalf of the LGBTQ community.
Thank you, Kit Harington, for speaking out on behalf of a community that has repeatedly been overlooked.
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