As more and more women speak out against Harvey Weinstein's (and Ben Affleck's) alleged sexual misconduct, Game of Thrones actor Momoa is also coming under fire for a rape joke he made in 2011.
On Thursday, a video resurfaced of the actor saying he "loves" sci-fi and fantasy because "there's so many things you can do," like "rape beautiful women." The video was taken during a GoT panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and shows the audience erupting in laughter after Momoa's comments while some of his costars cover their mouths in shock. In the very first episode of the hit HBO show, which has been heavily criticized in the past for its depiction of sexual assault, Momoa's character Khal Drogo raped Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke, on their wedding night.
Although the video was taken six years ago, it gained traction on Thursday when it was posted by Twitter user @peeanofreek. "a horrific clip of jason momoa saying he loved working on #gameofthrones bc he 'got to rape beautiful women." men are trash," @peeanofreek tweeted.
— elizabeth (@peeanofreek) October 12, 2017
As the video garnered more than 2,000 retweets and likes each, Twitter users condemned Momoa's comments.
— Andi Zeisler (@andizeisler) October 12, 2017
I shoulda known Jason Momoa was too fine to be worth a damn. Wow. https://t.co/EmuqEsknzo
— king crissle (@crissles) October 12, 2017
I hate that sexual assault has grown to be so strongly associated with science fiction and fantasy. https://t.co/VUsLi0SahZ
— S. A. Chakraborty (@SChakrabs) October 12, 2017
Others criticized those in the audience and onstage who laughed instead of calling Momoa out.
and allllllllllllll the laughter in the audience is what we mean when we say rape culture. https://t.co/YR645XyLnP
— wikipedia brown (@eveewing) October 12, 2017
Everyone laughing after Jason Momoa jokes about rape IS rape culture. That laughter is why victims don't come forward.
— Meg Ahsens (@MegAhsens) October 12, 2017
Momoa has yet to address the reignited controversy, but some fans pointed out that the star has already made up for those disgusting comments. Not only did he go on to write, fund, and direct a film that shed light on the systematic rape and abuse of Native American women, but he has also said in interviews that Game of Thrones' rape scenes were the worst scenes to film.
"It was very hard because I've never done that to anyone," he said in a 2011 interview with the New York Daily News. "I was like, the good news is, I'm not a rapist." He continued, "It didn't feel good. I don't like women crying when I'm making love to them.”
Much appreciation to Momoa for clarifying that he is capable of basic human decency. As the Internet erupts in a much-needed discussion over the pervasiveness of sexual assault, as well as the complicity of those who enable it, it will surprise absolutely no one if more videos of powerful men saying horrible things continue to turn up.