Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa has issued an official apology to the general public after a footage of him making a rather disgusting joke about raping women in 2011 went viral.
In the footage, the star who played Khal Drogo, Daenerys Targaryen’s husband in the season one of the hit HBO show was making a comment about the extreme acts he’s allowed to get away with while playing the character.
The American actor made the comments during a 2011 Comic-Con panel discussion, drawing laughter from the crowd when he joked that one of the perks of the show is that he gets to “rape beautiful women”.
In the bid to highlight the extreme lengths playing his character allowed him to go without ramification, Jason Momoa said: “But as far as sci-fi and fantasy,” Momoa says in the clip, “I love that there’s so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it and rape beautiful women.”
While the audience burst into laughter, fellow cast members, including Lena Headey, looked embarrassed and disconcerted.
The video footage surfaced on Thursday, receiving major criticism with people calling the actor out for making such an insensitive joke about his time on the show.
Watch the video here:
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The clip, which one Twitter user described as “horrific”, was shared on social media several time, thus, it went viral and led to public outburst.
As a result of the outrage over the remarks, the star took to Instagram to apologise.
“I awoke in Australia to the justified reactions by many people to a distasteful joke I made years ago in Hall H for which I am sorry,” he wrote.
“I am still severely disappointed in myself at the insensitivity of my remarks that day,” he said.
“I know my sincerest apology now won’t take away those hurtful words.
“Rape and sexual harassment can reach anyone and I have seen first hand it’s painful torment among members of my own family and friends.”
Momoa’s rape comments come after ongoing criticism was launched against HBO’s depiction of violence against women in Game of Thrones as well as Westworld.