Maisie Williams is a lot of things: She's an amazing actress on Game of Thrones, a dancer, she's active in charity and, according to her IMDb page, has even dabbled in publicity work. But somehow, the Daily Mail was just able to reduce her to an objectifying headline about her boobs.
"Unveiled: Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams goes braless in sheer lace dress and quirky headpiece at charity masquerade ball," the headline of a recent Daily Mail story reads, before going on to vividly describe every aspect of her appearance from head to toe. There wasn't much mention of her breasts or bralessness in the body of the article, probably because the publication doesn't have any hard proof of whether or not Williams is, in fact, wearing a bra.
The worst part? From the headline, the writer obviously knew that Williams was at the event to raise money for charity, yet still chose to go the sex sells route and throw in the word "braless" for clickbait.
Williams, of course, had the perfect response to the headline.
Besides helping to raise money for the NSPCC — an organization which fights to protect kids from child abuse — Williams is also an ambassador for the Dolphin Project and is a supporter of Greenpeace and the Small Steps Project. But we don't see any of that mentioned in the Daily Mail article. Instead there's just a detailed account of her fingernail polish and what color lipstick she was wearing.
Can we just give pause for a moment here and recognize the fact that there was nothing overtly sexual about what Williams wore to the NSPCC charity ball that night? Not that it would justify the headline, but her rather demure lace gown that obviously has a nude liner underneath makes it impossible to tell what kind of undergarments Williams is — or isn't — wearing.
The objectification of Williams in this instance comes from the simple fact that, sadly, sex does still sell in our society. As long as we all keep clicking on salacious headlines, they're going to keep on coming.
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