‘Justice League’ star Jason Momoa apologizes for rape joke
Jason Momoa, the star of ‘Justice League’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ has apologized for a rape joke he made at San Diego Comic Con in 2011.
Jason Momoa apologized after a rape joke he made in 2011 came back to haunt him.
“As far as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that genre, because there are so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and rape beautiful women,” the “Game of Thrones” star joked during the San Diego Comic-Con in 2011.
A clip of the moment went viral on Thursday, and the “Aquaman” actor a trending topic on Twitter.
Momoa, 38, made the joke about his character, Khal Drogo, in the huge HBO hit series.
On Thursday night, Momoa, a public mea culpa for the off-color remark.
“I woke up in Australia is the justified reactions of many people to be a distasteful joke that I made years ago in Hall H for that I am sorry,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I’m still very disappointed in myself at the insensitivity of my comments that day. I know my sincere apology now, not to take away those offensive words,” he continued. “Rape and sexual harassment can reach, and everyone I’ve seen first-hand the painful punishment among the members of my own family and friends. I really made a tasteless comment. It is unacceptable and I sincerely apologize with a heavy heart for the words that I said.”
Momoa previously told the Post that he is not entirely comfortable filming scenes in which his character rapes his on-screen wife, Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke.
“I’m raping Emilia [Clarke, who plays Daenerys]. I love her, but I am hurting her and she cries. We had more, but you get the idea,” the actor, who is married in real life Lisa Bonet, said. “I’m not a rapist! I prefer my women to enjoy sex … Just do what your wife wants, and you’ll be fine.”
The setback came just a day after Momoa the “Justice League” co-star, Ben Affleck, publicly apologized for the attack, then-MTV VJ Hilarie Burton in 2003, and a week after it was revealed Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment and violence for decades.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post’s Page Six.