A-hole of the day | Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones refuses to be nude again onscreen


Emilia Clarke has disrobed on plenty of occasions as part of her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones. Well, at least until two seasons ago. Since then, though, the show has grown massively popular and Clarke has become a big Hollywood star. Now she can do (and refuse to do) whatever she wants. And what Clarke wants to do is no longer show off her birthday suit on TV anymore. Sorry, fellas.

According to costar Oona Chaplin, Clarke told the guys in charge of GoT, "I want to be known for my acting, not my breasts," (oh, brother). And, as reported by TheDailyMail, who spoke with Clarke, the Queen of Dragons has also called for fewer sex scenes on film and TV in general: 
"Sex scenes should be more subtle. I’m British, so I cringe at that sort of thing anyway. I can’t stand it… I don’t want to have sex thrown in my face and I’ve always thought the suggestion is so much more titillating than the act itself… Most sex scenes you see in films or on TV are gratuitous and they’re usually just to attract an audience... On screen, the subtler the better."
Clearly, as far as this topic goes, this woman is hateable. And I'm not just saying that because I want to see her in the buff (I already have, and have the internet access to do so again anytime I want). So, no, it's not merely the unbridled desires the male member which make this information so infuriating. It's that yet another actor is using their fame and indispensability to call shots, and interfere with the creative process of a great television show.

Sure, it may not make a difference if she's naked or not (heck, I hadn't even realized she's been clothed the last two years until today) and the show will more than likely be just as good either way. But who is this broad to make these decisions? Yeah, it's her body, but surely she knew what she was getting into when she signed up for this gig. Also, I thought she wanted to be known for her acting? What's this with her now trying to be the brains behind the operation?

Phooey on her.

While sex and nude scenes can be (and a lot of times are) used frivolously in a gratuitous fashion on film and TV, they can and do serve a purpose sometimes. Just as with violence and profanity, they are a part of life. And when used correctly, they are extremely effective ways of provoking shock and evoking emotion when the moment calls for it.

Take Cersei's walk of shame on the final episode of Game of Thrones' season 5, for instance. This wouldn't have had nearly the emotional impact it did if she were fully clothed. Sure, she'd still be having shit thrown at her and having some old bag yelling out "SHAME!" at her every two seconds, but the nudity part was sort of the big deal about the whole thing, ya know?

Speaking of Cersei's walk of shame, did you know that bit of nudity was performed by a body double (with Cersei's head CGI'd in)? Like Clarke, actress Lena Headey also refused to go nude for the scene; "for several reasons," she says. A move that admittedly worked out fine in the end, but, c'mon, wouldn't it had been easier for everyone behind the scenes if she'd just gone through with it? (With that being said, the rumor mill has it that her pregnancy was starting to show during filming, so we may have to give her a pass here.)

Admittedly, in the end, none of this is too big of a deal. The show's still f-ing awesome, after all. But any actor and/or actresses who abuses their fame by trying to change the rules of the creative process midstream... well... I just have one thing to say to them...