Yikes! Vikings creator calls Game of Thrones "soft porn"

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May 2, 2014

Game of Thrones sure is taking a lot of heat lately on the whole sex thing. 

For better or worse, Game of Thrones has always been a pretty sexual show. Lately, though, there's been a growing murmur among many that it's going too far, at times. This isn't entirely a new thing; the show has been criticized from the beginning for an unbalanced take on nudity, with boobs galore but only a handful of instances of male nudity. 

As for the sexual violence, the show is often liberal in its adaptation. After all, Drago didn't rape Dany in the books. The show mostly dodged that controversy, but, recently, when Jaime raped Cersei in a scene that played out much differently in the books, a lot of people leapt all over the change. Then, one week later, fans lashed out again when there was literally a scene in which rapes were nonchalantly taking place in the background while a bad guy drank out of a skull.

So, it's not all that surprising that other show creators might weigh in, what with all the debate over whether or not Game of Thrones is going too far.

Enter Vikings creator Michael Hirst. Some people see Vikings and Game of Thrones as being stylistically similar programs, so it makes sense that Hirst would be asked about GoT. And when Hirst was asked how his show and GoT differed, he gave a pretty pointed response:

Game of Thrones is a very, very different show. It is a fantasy show, and it has a lot of things which are very appealing to an audience. It is soft porn, and it has a lot of gratuitous stuff in it, but it’s still very well-written and I don’t -- you know, I don’t watch it because I don’t ever want to be accused of being influenced by it.

Weigh in here -- do you think Hirst's response is accurate? Is Game of Thrones just well-written soft core pornography? And, if so, should they get David Duchovny to guest on the show? I seem to recall seeing him crop up more than once on the ol' Skinemax back in the day.

(via The Mary Sue)