Kit Harington: Being called a hunk is ‘f–king ridiculous & frankly offensive’


Kit Harington has been in NYC all week to promote Testament of Youth with Alicia Vikander. He’s been talking about the film a lot, and it’s clear that he’s proud to promote something other than Game of Thrones. But he’s been a good guy when it comes to the GoT questions: he’s been answering all of them without whining (too much) and he’s even revealed some interesting GoT news here and there. So… we were due for a major complaint from Kit. He’s been too well-behaved. Of course he had to fall back on his favorite subject: how painful it is for people to admire his beauty.

ScreenRant: You’ve expressed frustration about being pigeonholed as a “hunk.” Was that a concern in Testament of Youth, taking on a role where Roland is such a dream-boy for Vera?

Kit Harington: No. No. It’s never a concern. I dislike the word “hunk.” I’ve been asked about it a lot. It came up at a kind of HFPA conference. Someone said, “Do you like being referred to as a hunk?” And I went, “No, I don’t like being referred to as a hunk.” It’s a f–king ridiculous thing to be referred to as. It’s like calling a girl a “babe.” It’s frankly offensive. But I never saw Roland as a hunk. I saw him as a very romantic young man who is just really interesting to play.

[From ScreenRant]

For the love of God, Kit. This feels like it’s more about the narcissism of actors who truly believe that they are the most put-upon people in the world. The word “hunk” hurts poor Kit’s soul and he’s deeply offended. But would he be offended if I called him a wee, sad-faced bastard?

Oh and because HUNK Kit Harington is like the Jennifer Aniston of Game of Thrones, he keeps talking about his hair. He told Page Six: “For ‘Thrones,’ my long hair’s never shampooed so it appears dirty and medieval. Nothing’s washed or cleaned on the show. Everything’s filthy and smelly to look realistic. Seems short in this movie because I wear an officer’s cap and it’s stuffed under a wig.” He also said that his fans were freaked out about his ToY wiglet: “It always surprises me how much people care. I don’t understand it, frankly, but then again, I don’t pay much attention to the Internet . . . You want to be able to adapt as an actor . . . At the moment I’m having to rock a certain look.”

What else? Kit listed his top five favorite films and it’s a pretty American-heavy list. You can see the list here and read his Rotten Tomatoes interview.


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  1. Mirandaaah says:

    “I know I am extremely good looking but please stop calling me hunk! Guys? Guys, please stop calling me a hunk! Ok? Really please stop calling me a hunk, for real.” -KH

    • Christo says:

      Perhaps Kit takes the “compliment” a tad too seriously, but he might have a point. There is an individual where I work who calls all the females honey, hot stuff, and sweetie pie. Perhaps this all takes a different spin when it is the workplace, but the sentiments can be offensive. Granted, he is an actor/star on some level; therefore, the act of ogling him, looking at him, and relating to him/his character comes with the territory. I wonder if he would feel more comfortable if someone told him that they found HIS CHARACER in GOT hot or attractive?

      • perplexed says:

        I get what he’s saying, but I think he erred on how he expressed himself.

        His previous comments didn’t strike me as whiny, but once you add in the “f—-” and there’s no additional context, his comments do end up sounding a bit whiny since as an actor he does participate in objectifying himself through self-promotion. People in a regular non-acting workplace aren’t objectifying themselves to promote themselves, so I do think those words, when used by males on females, do take on a context meant to demean. However, with an actor I’m not sure a random fan is demeaning him by calling him a hunk since he’s put himself out there in that context (er, sort of … I don’t really get why he’s considered attractive, but I figure it’s a different strokes for different folks kind of thing).

        If a female (or male) superior called him a “hunk” I could see how that ticks him off. However, if he’s a called a “hunk” in a profile, which is the only context where I can see him hearing the word that often since I doubt he’s mingling with fans on a regular basis in a bar or wherever else, I assume that’s his team asking those words to be used in reference to him. That’s where I think he’s participating he’s in his own objectification. I just can’t see someone randomly yelling “Hunk” every-time he walks by, not even if people know he’s the guy from the tv show GOT. If I saw Brad Pitt walking by, I doubt I’d yell out the word to him even though he’s seen as the alpha-hunk among all hunks.

    • V4Real says:

      Is this the next Cumberbatch? Why does it seems that there’s a post on this guy everyday. WTH, I know there are a lot of GOT fans but damn you would think this guy was Brad Pitt.

    • smith says:

      I’d say this guy needs to take quite a few seats but I doubt he’d be able to find his lap in those eye-wateringly tight “jeans.” I bet he’s listening to old tapes of Stuart Smalley, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, I’m good enough, I’m smart enough.”

      Edit: (I know I put “jeans” in quotes like they’re alleged lol. I just can’t with this guy and for some reason the quotes made it sound snarky-ier. Which was my intent.)

  2. Alex McD says:

    He’s not much of a hunk anyway if you ask me!

  3. Catelina says:

    Who in the world is calling this weepy looking mousy creature a hunk anyway?

  4. InvaderTak says:

    Offensive because it’s not true?
    Let’s all him fetch. B cause it aint happening.

  5. amanda says:

    It is offensive for him to be labelled as a hunk, he isn’t one. Those painted on jeans and poor me face are enough to gross me out. It must be residual love for his character because as a non show watcher I don’t see his appeal.

  6. Skyblue says:

    Definitely un-hunky, but what do I know.

  7. Bridget says:

    Maybe he’s cranky because his jeans are too tight.

  8. Lindy79 says:

    Hunks don’t equate to men in skinny jeans in my humble opinion.

    So much angst and torment. Poor Kit.

  9. Seán says:

    To (roughly) quote Tyrion Lannister:

    “Let me give you some advice, hunk. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armour, and it can never be used to hurt you.”

  10. mia girl says:

    Oh Kit. Don’t worry, *hunk* is not a word I’d use for you. Hunks don’t fit into little boy skinny jeans.

  11. Allie says:

    Standing next to what I assume a normal woman in that picture (probably one of his handlers), he looks so miniature. So tiny.

  12. bondbabe says:

    Oh please…if you were not good-looking and people called you a “toad,” your feelings would be hurt and I’m sure your self-esteem would be bruised.

    This one needs to learn to let it roll of his back if he is so offended. He has the benefit of being good-looking (although that is in the eye of beholder), is in the public arena and therefore, will be commented upon. If that is too much to handle perhaps another line of work out of the public eye would suit him better.

  13. Sharra55 says:

    My word. He really is a whiny b!tch. Isn’t he?

  14. mandygirl says:

    Boo-hoo. You’re on a hit show & you’re famous. Deal with it. I’m tired of actors/actresses acting like a bunch of big babies. If you didn’t want to be famous, you’d be working a “normal” job like the rest of us. Suck it up, cupcake.

  15. Shelley says:

    I love Jon Snow *sigh*. I would totally do Kit if he was in character as Jon.

  16. jugstorecowboy says:

    His pleas have touched my heart. I used to think he was pretty hot but now can only see him as a wee, sad faced bastard. And a stinky (cigarettes) dummy as well.

  17. OhDear says:

    His poor publicist. I get that being considered attractive has its own problems, but somebody on his team has to know that complaining about being too beautiful (or too rich, etc.) is going to get you mocked.

  18. Lilacflowers says:

    Honor! My butler Colin Firth has set up a buffet so we can help ourselves to snacks while we discuss today’s edition of “Celebitchy Presents Kit Harrington says Words”. Colin himself will be coming around to take drink orders and he has some theories on the origins of White Walkers

  19. Brittney B says:

    It’s okay… if he keeps smoking, he won’t look like a hunk anymore.

    Also, why don’t white actors get PR lessons about equating male and female discrimination?! (Or equating paps with rapists, pay equality with other movements, etc.) A handsome actor is never defined solely as a “hunk”; he’s also lauded for his talents and insights, and cast in three-dimensional roles that just so happen to include good looks. The “babes” in movies and TV shows, however…? Typecast, objectified, underwritten, given a short shelf life, and UNDERPAID.

    Frankly, Kit, only one of these terms is offensive.

  20. Kiki says:

    Now you see with hate people like Alicia Vikander, Kit Harrington’s arrogant, vanity and desperate attitudes. For God’s sake, just be grateful with your career and stop complaining .

  21. TX says:

    say what you want about Joe Manganiello, but at least he has the right outlook on being objectified lol I mean, come on! You’re being called attractive. Take a compliment and move on.

    • bondbabe says:

      Exactly! mmmm…ManJello. Bank it while you can, because it doesn’t last forever.

    • meme says:

      exactly. why does this little twerp think it’s so bad to be considered attractive or sexy? he’s completely turned me off of binge watching GOT. or anything else he’s in.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      TX said:”say what you want about Joe Manganiello, but at least he has the right outlook on being objectified lol I mean, come on! You’re being called attractive. Take a compliment and move on.”

      Bondbabe said: “Bank it while you can, because it doesn’t last forever.”

      But see, I feel like famous WOMEN, be they cisgender or transgender, don’t even have the luxury or privilege of being ‘allowed’ to have Joe Manganiello’s attitude toward being sexy and attractive. With women, it’s more like “You’d BETTER show that you have Kit Harrington’s ‘This is so oppressive’ attitude toward it, or else you’re a traitor to your gender, a bad role model, less than, and how dare you ever try to publicly stand up for any gender or equality-related causes after committing the sin of public ‘sexiness’, we don’t believe you.” There is a definite double-standard in what rights we tolerate men exercising with their bodies and personal lives and what rights we tolerate women exercising with their bodies and personal lives.

      @meme: Frankly, I don’t think seeing someone as sexy or attractive, being seen as sexy or attractive, or doing something you want to do but that others have considered sexy or attractive are automatically bad, oppressive, or exploitative at all-for any gender- and I think it’s not only repressive and controlling, but also dishonest how some try to imply that those things aren’t natural, that they’ve never experienced any of those desires on their own, and that having any sort of progressive values means you have to abandon or deny that part of yourself that want to be seen as sexy, just doesn’t mind being seen as sexy, or sees sexiness and attractiveness in others.

      When someone is coming up out of their mental and emotional comfort zone to be someone else’s ‘sexy’ because of force or coercion, when being one definition of sexy is treated like an obligation, or when someone’s rights and boundaries are not being respected- that’s what’s actually a problem. But lots of people seem unable to separate the two, and automatically portray the first category as the second, or as the cause for the second.

      I think we should allow all to decide for themselves whether it’s something they don’t mind or something they do. regardless of gender.

      • Josefa says:

        This. And tbh, I think he keeps giving this answer because the journos keep asking him the same question.

      • thedevilsparsley says:

        Totally agree! I see where he’s coming from. Repoters continue to ask the same question so he keeps answering it. Being objectified kinda sucks, and, if he feels that way, why should he be vilified for expressing it? He’s a talented actor and in the public eye, but living ones dream does not automatically make objectification fair game.

      • TX says:

        I just don’t think it’s a serious as all of that and I would say the same of a woman with that attitude.

        I do totally get it, however, if someone were to say “wow you’re so attractive there’s no way you could play such-and-such roll”
        “You’re too attractive to be smart”

        That is wrong. But that is not that is happening here.

        Ugh idk. Perhaps I should have said “to me” or “I feel like” because to me this is completely ridiculous. But if he’s offended, he’s offended and I can’t much argue that.

  22. MonicaQ says:

    He’s not hunky. He always looks like he’s about to listen to Story of the Year and write in his Livejournal and cry. Also he can’t grow a proper beard.

  23. Catelina says:

    Also, yes maybe being considered a hunk (actually considered a hunk, not like this guy who is not really, in the grand scheme) can prevent a few from taking you seriously but if the talent is there, and smart desicions are made, your career overall will transcend simply being ‘hunky’.

  24. bondbabe says:

    Frankly, if I saw this person walking towards me on the sidewalk, I wouldn’t think, “Oooh, he’s a hunk.”

  25. EscapedConvent says:

    Is Kit the new Birdiecage Cumbersnoot? Remember the complaints about having Cumbersnoot posts every day? Now we’re seeing Kit Harington posts every day. Are people that interested in him? Just curious. Ô_ô

  26. bammer says:

    He only looks good on the show. Kit’s going to get a rude awakening once GoT is over for him.

  27. meme says:

    again with this whiny little twit? whine whine whine. hey kit, I don’t think you’re a hunk or even attractive. happy?

  28. Delta Juliet says:

    Well Kit, I hate to break it to you, but you really aren’t a hunk. The only people who are into you are GOT fans and although they are many, there are also LOADS of people who have no idea who you are. I only know Kit from Celebitchy and let me assure you Mr. Harrington, you sir, are no hunk.

  29. Moon says:

    Well, he’s just using a feminist argument so good for him (no sarcasm).

  30. Ever says:

    I don’t know anything about him, and I haven’t read any other threads he’s been featured in here, so whether he mentions it a lot I don’t know, but I guess on my end, as a feminist, think if he chooses to express how much he hates being referred to that way, I would appreciate that and try to change my view on that type of interaction instead of criticizing him for it. if he hates it, he hates it.

  31. Alexandra says:

    Eh, at least he seems to have good taste in films…

  32. Anon33 says:

    Who on this earth is calling this greasy mope faced man child a hunk?!??

    Actual hunks:
    Jon Hamm
    Idris Elba
    Colin Firth
    Jake Gyllenhall

  33. beth says:

    Good thing he’s not a hunk, then.

  34. Ella says:

    Why does he have to whine about it? How ridiculous, it’s a complement although not an accurate one in his case. He has no self awareness, it’s embarrassing to listen to him.

  35. Green Is Good says:

    80% of his talent is in his HAIR.

    • belle de jour says:

      A hunk of hair.

      He is delusional if he imagines he got his current gig based upon his acting talent alone. Looks are part of the actor package. Duh. It’s the height of disingenuousness for newly-minted, self-made prima donnas to suddenly disavow that their looks were just as key – if not even the prime factor – in landing them a character or a role.

      No worries, Kit. Here’s my solemn vow never to call you a hunk… or to think of you that way in my secret heart, either.

  36. Brandi says:

    Gee, must be awful for people to think you have glorious hair!!

  37. phlyfiremama says:

    You know noothing, Jon Snow.

  38. WinterLady says:

    Jeez, is no one else from GoT doing anything interesting to get a write up here? Nothing against Kit but I’m he isn’t happening like that, can we move on to some one else in the huge cast already?

  39. Stacey says:

    I understand why he doesn’t appreciate it, we as women, do not appreciate being treated as a piece of meat… especially when the actual work/whatever we do takes a back seat to how we look. I’m not a beautiful girl by any means but I can not stress enough how annoying it is for me to have a guy approach me and clearly not give a hoot what I have to say or anything that makes me, me. Being treated as a vagina with legs gets old, I’m sure getting treated as a dong with legs gets old as well.

    • Jag says:

      He just got onto the scene and he’s an actor in the public eye. There’s a difference between putting yourself out there in the spotlight and then whining about it, and then working out of the spotlight for a living, imo.

      People wouldn’t keep asking him about it if he hadn’t made such a big deal. Had he said “The compliments are nice,” and then talked more about his acting, I doubt he’d be pestered with these questions all the time.

  40. Jag says:

    Can he please go away? Please?

    Oh, and Kit – because I think you read about yourself – you’re starting to get a belly and your face is getting fat. So enjoy being called a “hunk” while you can.

  41. WendyNerd says:

    When he’s got a 19 year old costar who has recently found out that the showrunners of GOT have been planning to have her character raped by a psychopath since she was 15, it makes his comments more than a little douchey in context. (Yep, guys, the Sansa rape scene is a thing the showrunners have been wanting to do since season 2, when Sophie Turner was 15)

    • Jesmari says:

      It was not a real rape. These are not real people. If seeing rape on tv bothers you, then don’t watch Game of Thrones. Don’t watch Outlander either.

      • WendyNerd says:

        People have the right to criticize media and also point out creepy actions of the showrunners. Sophie Turner is a real person, and since she was 15 her bosses were eagerly awaiting putting her in a rape scene. Thanks for playing.

      • Jesmari says:

        Again, it is called acting. Whether she is 15 or 19 nothing is actually happening to her. If fake rape was upsetting to her then I am sure she would not have taken the role. Murder and violence are rampant in these books. The series isn’t finished, so she could probably assume her character could be raped or murdered before the show was completed.

        In fact the characters being raped in the books are younger than the series. The show has aged the characters. I am not saying you can’t have an opinion. I am just saying that if fake rape upsets you, there are probably others shows you would enjoy.

      • WendyNerd says:

        Yes, I’m sure Sophie Turner, who has been under contract since she was fourteen, and was only made aware of what was awaiting her a few weeks before she got the episode’s script, could totally have made that informed decision. Even though she ALSO had several seasons worth of BOOKS in which her character does not get raped. (Yeah, they were super gross about it too, telling her she would have a “love interest” in the fifth season. She didn’t know until a few weeks before filming. It’s disgusting.)

        And no, it is not fake rape that upsets me (BTW, Outlander? Yeah, that’s a show that actually handles the subject with sensitivity and therefore DOES NOT bother me). It’s the idiotic writing of this show, in which the creators (the real people behind it, BTW) treat sexual assault with such inept insensitivity that it’s disgusting. Since I write about the show professionally, I do watch it. And I enjoy calling it out for it’s bullsh*t. And trust me, bad writing upsets me far more than rape scenes. I’ve WRITTEN rape scenes (but with intelligence and sensitivity and in a way that is NOT a slap in the face to victims everywhere). Stop trying to assume what my feelings are or what my thoughts are. You’re bad at it.

  42. Ok, I won’t call ya a hunk, ya oily little turd!

  43. Booorrreeeddd says:

    Another day, another pointless Kit Harrington post….is there no other gossip in Hollywierd?

  44. JLo says:

    I must be the only daily reader sick of seeing his mug (and the Jenner/Kardashian family) every. single. day.

  45. Booorrreeeddd says:

    Nope not the only one….can’t abide the Kardashian obsession either…

  46. Betti says:

    Bless he wants to be taken seriously as an actor and be known for his work instead of his looks – he needs to take the rough with the smooth. Particularly as until Testament of Youth came out the only role he got any attention for was GoT – and if you don’t want to be objectified don’t take on a role where you are prancing around with a short kilt on.

    His PR handlers need to make sure interviewers don’t ask him about it – he doesn’t want to talk about it and we don’t want to listen to him whinge about it. Everyone’s happy.

  47. Ari says:


  48. Gia says:

    This guy needs to take a few seats. I for one, do not find him to be a hunk or handsome for that matter.

  49. Ennie says:

    I do not think he is a hunk or even a hottie. HE is handsome, cute, regular-ish guy. He is obviously good looking, but not a sexy piece of meat.
    I know some actors or wannabe actors/celebs will kill to be called hunks in the media. I do not find fault at him complaining, but I wouldn’t kick him out of bed!

  50. lala says:

    I think he’s more attractive on GoT then when I seen or read about him. I dont know what its is…maybe the jeans..lmao..

  51. LA Juice says:

    Just one question: Who is using the word “Hunk” and why? I’d be offended too. This isn’t a 1977 sitcom world anymore, sheeple! (not that You are “sheeple”. YOU are fabulous, unique and brilliant, I just wanted to write “Sheeple”).

  52. Lisa says:

    I think he’s a cutie patootie but I do find his skinny jeans to be ridiculous and offensive.

  53. Pompasaurus says:

    Dear Kit-
    I don’t think you’re a hunk. At all. Feel better now?

  54. Hej says:

    I feel like when it comes to men they aren’t objectified the same way as women.
    Even when someone says they’re hot they mention other qualities they have.

  55. Olenna says:

    Ya’all ready for tonight?! Only 2 more episodes :-( . Remember the Alamo-Hardhome!