Foxtel has apologized after its CEO Patrick Delany called game of Thrones Star Emilia Clarke was a “chubby little girl” at the Sydney premiere of the series’ blockbuster spin-off house of the dragon.
Delany told the guests gathered in Sydney’s entertainment district about his first viewing game of Thrones When he made the comment crikey reported.
“I was like, ‘What’s this show about the little chubby girl walking into the fire?'” Delany said, referring to a scene where Clarke, who plays the character Daenerys Targaryen, walks into a campfire hatch their dragons.
Sarah Hanson-Young, Green Party senator and spokesperson for the arts, attended the event and said the comment “went down like a lead balloon”.
“[It’s] not only out of place in modern Australia, but with a strong theme in the new series, which is the struggle for women’s leadership, and with such strong female leads, it seemed particularly odd.”
“The show itself was great – the story of strong young women taking on the old handsome boys club is spot on.”
Another participant said, “There was a definite lack of oxygen in the room after he said it.”
Film critic Travis Johnson, who also attended the premiere, tweeted that he “reached out to my buddy for clarification because I just didn’t think anyone would say that on the mic.”
https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/foxtel-apologises-after-ceo-calls-game-of-thrones-star-short-dumpy-girl-20220818-p5bb06.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_culture Foxtel apologizes after CEO Patrick Delany called Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke a “little chubby girl”.