Emilia Clarke, girl, what are about you doing? Seriously, you’re so likable and talented and kind, but I don’t know if I can take you seriously after your most recent comments in an interview with Rolling Stone.
Earlier this week, Clarke compared being a woman in Hollywood to racism, damn near conflating the two in a very dangerous fashion while chatting with Rolling Stone. During her interview, Clarke discussed being treated differently because she’s a woman. Her first thought on the matter? “I feel so naïve for saying it, but it’s like dealing with racism,” she told the music magazine. First of all, that is incredibly naive of you to say, so maybe you shouldn’t have said it. Never mind that conflating those two things when you’re speaking as a privileged white woman is incredibly problematic too. Oh boy.
She continued, “You’re aware of it, and you’re aware of it, but one day, you go, ‘Oh, my God, it’s everywhere!’ Like you suddenly wake up to it and you go, ‘Wait a fucking second, are you… are you treating me different because I’ve got a pair of tits? Is that actually happening?’ […] It took me a really long time to see that I do get treated differently. But I look around, and that’s my daily life.”
I’m not sure anyone would accuse Clarke of being treated the same as regular folks. She’s a very visible TV and film star; the fame isn’t going away anytime soon, so her special treatment won’t go away anytime soon. And yes, being a woman in this world means you will be faced with incredible injustices over your personal freedoms, which women are valiantly fighting to protect right now. But to imply that your white womanhood is the same as communities of color who are facing serious systemic racism with the deck stacked in someone’s favor (certainly not theirs) is truly, deeply, maddeningly irksome.
Even to the most mildly woke person in the room, it’s easy to see that Clarke needs to check herself. The naïveté is strong with this one.