While doing the rounds at a press event for the fourth season of Game of Thrones hitting the shelves next week (Feb. 17), actor Kit Harington spoke out about “the Internet abuse” geared towards author George R.R. Martin.
When Harington, who portrays Jon Snow on HBO’s fantasy series, was asked if he was worried about the quite passionate Game of Thrones fan base at large, the actor had no real concerns regarding himself, but he had some angry words toward those who cyber-bully the man who created the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the rest of the A Song of Ice and Fire world in the first place:
“The only thing I get p–sed off about is that, as far as George RR Martin goes, there’s a lot of fan pressure on him – a lot of nasty, manipulative, quite vicious fan pressure that’s aimed towards him, about his health, and about when he is producing the next book. I get quite angry about that.”
Harington, himself, is not a social media butterfly, having no Twitter account. And Internet abuse in general seems to rile him up quite a bit. Fellow Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams was the target of some cyber-bullying herself and has since become an advocate. Here’s what the actor said:
“It’s unhealthy, and symptomatic of many problems we have at the moment, in terms of people sitting behind a screen and firing arrows, which I think is an ugly side of our society.
“Stuff about the show, about how it varies from the book – I get angry about that, because it [the show] is an adaptation. It’s a version of the book, and people shouldn’t take it literally.”
Do you agree with Kit Harington’s defense of George R.R. Martin and his overall comments about the “Internet abuse” that is a byproduct of our present-day cyber-centric society?
(via Winter Is Coming)