Emilia Clarke is already a global icon, having played Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones for years and is now starring alongside Alden Ehrenreich in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
It would come as no surprise to readers that Clarke’s roles have often been referred to as ‘strong’ female roles. Yet in a recent interview at the Cannes Film Festival the actress says she thinks this wording is sexist.
Here’s what she told Variety
“If it’s not strong, what is it? Are you telling me there’s another option, that there’s a weak option? You think a lead in a movie is going to be a weak woman? It just doesn’t even bear having the conversation, so enough already with the strong women, please.”
Clarke pointed out that male leads are never normally referred to as ‘strong’ unless exceptionally physically strong. As Clarke says why not remove the adjective altogether?
“Unless I’m packing guns I don’t know about, then let’s change that. Take the ‘strong’ out of it, find another adjective, damn it. I’m just playing women.”
I have to say I completely agree with Clarke on this. The term is often used in media to describe female lead characters, where it would not be used to describe male leads. A good example of this would be Game of Thrones, where Daenerys Targaryen has often been called a ‘strong’ female role because the character is very strong willed and domineering force. However, how many times have we heard of Kit Harrington’s Jon Snow being referred to as a ‘strong’ male role? You just don’t hear that or read it anywhere, yet arguably the characters are like mirror images of one another as they grow and become great leaders of their own people throughout the show. In this age of equality for women, surely Clarke has a point here?
Do you agree with Emilia Clarke that the media should stop using this terminology due to its sexist connotations? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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