Sophie Turner is defending “Game Of Thrones” after the show aired controversial rape scenes in its fifth season.
The 21-year-old actress spoke to The Times where she says it was necessary to cover these sensitive topics, “The more we talk about sexual assault the better, and screw the people who are saying we shouldn’t be putting this on TV and screw the people who are saying they’re going to boycott the show because of it.”
“This sort of thing used to happen and it continues to happen now, and if we treat it as such a taboo and precious subject, then how are people going to have the strength to come out and feel comfortable saying that this has happened to them?” she continued.
The actress, who portrays Sansa Stark on the hit HBO show, was sceptical herself before the scenes went to air, “Sexual assault wasn’t something that had affected me or anybody I knew, so I was pretty blasé about the whole thing.”
She added, “Naively so. And then I shot the scene, and in the aftermath there was this huge uproar that we would depict something like that on television. My first response was like, maybe we shouldn’t have pit that on screen at all.”
“Game of Thrones'” seventh season debuts July 16.