The irony of ‘Game of Thrones’

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“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (Col 3:5 ESV)

The hit HBO TV show, Game of Thrones, rated TV-MA, has become known for its questionable nudity and sex scenes, and for graphic scenes of rape and sexual violence against women. Game of Thrones is non-the less the most popular series in the history of HBO. They have over 18 million viewers on average, according to information gained from the website, hitfix.com.

Also according to most poll places, while more men obviously watch this film then women, the percentage of women who watch it is a rather large audience as well. Some websites claiming 40% plus for women viewers. This is also not a show that has only become popular in secular circles, but has made a name for itself in young Christian audiences as well. It is becoming clear of its popularity in Christian circles by recent questions that came to retired Pastor, and founder of desiringgod.org, John Piper, through his “Ask Pastor John” sessions.

Some of those questions included, “Pastor John, what would you say to a Christian who watches the cable TV show Game of Thrones?” (Reinke, 2014). Now, while I would love to address the issue of Christians watching this show, I feel that John Piper’s response to this question is amazing, and therefore I am simply going to have you click here to go to the article where he responds to this and other sexual purity related questions for believers.

What I am curious about, and trying to understand is why in the world many liberals, moderates, and others are watching this film at all? I would expect this film to be an area that society as a whole could come together and speak out against. This film supports issues that I would expect the rest of society in particular, much less Christians, to be completely against. Women are treated with utter disrespect, and tossed around like a piece of meat. They are abused, the men conquer them, and they are the lower class of society.

With the continued feminist movement of today, and push for “pro-choice”, and the rights of women I am appalled that any woman would watch this TV series. It really is ironic. Most liberals, moderates, and others are against the death penalty, for abortion (never understood that irony either), and for equality. I just simply do not get it.

While I do not expect many liberals to respond to my post, I would love to hear the Christians opinion on watching this TV series. I have the poll set up to where it will only show percentages, and I believe that would allow your face, name, etc. to not be shown with your response. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!

In His service,

Billy

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3 thoughts on “The irony of ‘Game of Thrones’

  1. To watch a Hero overcome society is also something to see — and Cersei and Catelyn and Brienne are all working within and against society’s expectations.

    War is brutal — and game of thrones doesn’t forget that. Yes, there is rape — when 33% of our servicewomen wind up raped while serving, I’d hope we don’t forget them!

    Is the show good? Yes, you would probably like it. Is it deliberately somewhat self-conscious, even to the point of mocking, the viewer’s gaze on manflesh? Indeed.

    1. It is not, however, necessary to show the level of nudity and brutality to get a point across. I have actually seen the show, while I was on my last deployment, I was very shocked by the level of brutality on women, nudity, and filth that the show contained. I am well aware that war is brutal, as I spent nearly 14 months in Iraq while serving in the military. The difference in today’s military is that this is not an accepted practice like it was back then. Let’s get real though, it shows societies fascination and addiction to sexual perversion.

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