A disturbing clip of Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa from Comic Con 2011 is making the rounds on Twitter Thursday, in which he said he loved working on the show because he got to “rape beautiful women.”
The clip surfaced in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, where the Hollywood producer has been accused by nearly 30 women of sexual misconduct.
“As far as sci-fi and fantasy, the genre, there’s so many things you can do [with it],” Momoa can be heard saying.
He continued: “Rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it, rape beautiful women.”
The audience laughed at Momoa’s comment, while those on stage with him appeared to hang their heads in embarrassment at the rape comment.
Many people took to Twitter to criticize the actor for his comment.
Jason Momoa was too fine & perfect…knew there had to be something wrong. But damn it! pic.twitter.com/5OnwOjB91c
— Pettywise (@Mrknowitalll_) October 12, 2017
I shoulda known Jason Momoa was too fine to be worth a damn. Wow. https://t.co/EmuqEsknzo
— king crissle (@crissles) October 12, 2017
Jason momoa is cancelled. Goodbye, sir. https://t.co/Z2g3dzIV5n
— Ash (@CrazenRani) October 12, 2017
*crosses Jason Momoa off list* pic.twitter.com/SjhgGs2wB9
— perspiration ting. (@heyalyshahey) October 12, 2017
Female fantasy fans to Jason Momoa: we wanted to believe you weren't typical male trash. We wanted it so, so much. pic.twitter.com/jvRZr1tG5E
— Leigh Cuen (@La__Cuen) October 12, 2017
Everyone laughing after Jason Momoa jokes about rape IS rape culture. That laughter is why victims don't come forward.
— Meg Ahsens (@MegAhsens) October 12, 2017
Everyone finding out Jason Momoa is trash now pic.twitter.com/ACHxuCsvRg
— S (@eternalfeysand) October 12, 2017
Another one bites the dust… pic.twitter.com/7TQBvcDwDW
— SistahStarkTargaryen (@lynjaimeee) October 12, 2017
AHAHAHAHAHA! Brilliant. Rape beautiful women. Funny. Funny stuff. *jumps off the planet* https://t.co/APbEEvdWFO
— amanda abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) October 12, 2017
People defending Jason Momoa by saying the clip is super old – he still said those things, whether it was today or 5 years ago. Disgusting.
— Anne Dolinschek (@AnneDoli) October 12, 2017
Some people came to the Game of Thrones actor’s defence.
Jason Momoa made a bad joke 6 years ago. Calm down ppl it wasn’t recent. Also the show has lots of rape on it that we all watch.
— Jazz D. (@Jazzey2788) October 12, 2017
Oh y’all won’t do this today. Jason momoa is not anything like the person y’all are about to try to make him out to be. He makes crude jokes
— Maci (@iMac__) October 12, 2017
Other people on the social media platform began to compare Momoa’s behaviour to Ben Affleck’s, who was called out for his own inappropriate behaviour after condemning Weinstein on Twitter.
On Wednesday, news emerged of Affleck groping Hilarie Burton in an episode of MTV’s Total Request Live in 2003. Affleck has since apologized for acting “inappropriately towards Ms. Burton.”
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017
Many began to denounce the new Justice League film, which stars Momoa and Affleck.
First Whedon, then Affleck, now Jason Momoa. Things ain't looking too well for that Justice League movie.
— James Thornton (@jvt215) October 12, 2017
Jason Momoa " I got to rape beautiful women"
Gal Gadot " If only Palestinians loved their children"
Affleck "Sorry I groped"#JusticeLeague
— Magnificent (@Ironyisfunny8) October 12, 2017
Ben Affleck and Jason Momoa got every Warner Bros exec involved with the Justice League movie like: pic.twitter.com/NBc5ElbyV3
— Celly Cell (@Cellshock7) October 12, 2017
Does anyone think it's weird how all this stuff about Jason Momoa and Ben Affleck is coming out just before they have a big movie being released?
— Hilton Collins (@HiltonCollins) October 12, 2017
— Lee Doherty (@IrishBeast78) October 12, 2017
lol looks like justice league is gonna flop now that ben affleck and jason momoa got exposed pic.twitter.com/EGXj2mXztd
— abby (@musicgomez) October 12, 2017
Momoa spoke about the subject of rape during a 2011 interview with the New York Post.
When he was asked about the infamous scene where his character, Khal Drogo, forces himself on Emilia Clarke’s character, Daenerys Targaryen, Momoa said, “Yeah, I’m raping [Daenerys]. I love her, but I’m hurting her and she’s crying. We could have made it longer, but you get the idea. I’m not a rapist. I prefer my women to enjoy sex.”
Momoa has yet to comment on the social media uproar about his comment from the 2011 panel.