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Emilia Clarke Has No Time For Sexist Comments About Her Co-Stars

"It got handled."

As if you needed another reason to love actress Emilia Clarke, she’s gone and won best girlfriend of the year by defending Game of Thrones co-star Nathalie Emmanuel after she received a sexist comment.

In a recent interview with Vogue, Emmanuel – who played Missandei in the hit TV series – said, “In my first season, my costume was pretty revealing, and there was an incident with a supporting actor who made a comment about it on set – I mean, typical – and Emilia straight away had my back.”

“It got handled,” she added.

It’s not the first time Emilia Clarke has taken a stand against sexism in the entertainment industry. In a 2019 interview on Dax Shepherd’s Armchair Expert podcast, the actress said she’s fought against excessive nudity while appearing on-camera.

“I’ve had fights on set where I’m like, ‘No, the sheet stays up,’ and they’re like, ‘you don’t wanna disappoint your Game of Thrones fans.’”

“And I’m like, ‘F*ck you,’” she said.

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It wasn’t always easy for Clarke to be strong in these situations. She also revealed to Shepherd that she would cry before particular scenes. “Whatever I’m feeling is wrong, I’m gonna cry in the bathroom and then I’m gonna come back and we’re gonna do the scene and it’s gonna be completely fine.”

As for Nathalie Emmanuel – sexism isn’t the only struggle she faced while appearing on Game of Thrones. After the show finished, filmmaker Ava DuVernay tweeted, “So…the one and only sister on the whole epic, years-long series? That’s what you wanna do? Okay.”

“It definitely caused me to reflect a lot more – about race and diversity more generally,” Emmanuel told Vogue.

“At the end of the day, if there’s ever a show on the level of Game of Thrones again, representation has to be part of the conversation from the beginning. That way, there’s no single person who has to represent every other person of colour,” she said.

It’s empowering and so inspiring to see Emilia Clarke and Nathalie Emmanuel step up and speak out about the very real issues they’ve faced in Hollywood. By keeping the conversation going, we can only hope real change will occur.

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Why Didn’t These Celebrity Relationship Age Gaps Make Headlines?

Age is just a number for these celebs.

Over the last few years, in particular, celebrity relationship age gaps have become a source of heated debate. Just in the last few months, we’ve seen fans and trolls go head-to-head on the age gaps between actor Florence Pugh and boyfriend Zach Braff, model Cara Delevingne and her rumoured girlfriend Kaia Gerber and Kate Beckinsale and her various flings.

However, celebrity relationship age gaps are nothing new. In fact, they’ve been commonplace in Hollywood since the dawn of time, begging the question: why didn’t any of these couples ever make headlines?

When actress Annette Bening was 33 years old she met and married fellow actor Warren Beatty who was 54 years old at the time – that’s an age difference of 22 years. The couple have been married since 1992 and have four children together.

The same age gap goes for actors Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, who met in 2002 but only tied the knot in 2010. 

An even wider celebrity relationship age gap is that of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who are 25 years apart. The two were introduced by Danny DeVito at the Deauville Film Festival in 1998 when Zeta-Jones was 28 years old and Douglas was 53.

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Then there’s 43-year-old actress Sarah Paulson and her partner Holland Taylor, who is 31 years her senior. Or what about 70-year-old David Foster who recently got married to Katherine McPhee, an actress and singer who is 34 years younger than him. 

Perhaps one of the most unsuspecting Hollywood age gaps is that of 33-year-old model Rosie Huntington-Whitely and her 52-year-old partner Jason Statham. The pair have been together for ten years and in 2017 became parents to their first child. 

Despite these lengthy age gaps, there has been so much recent focus on celebrity couples who are a mere 10 years apart. Just take the media frenzy around the marriage of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas.

At the end of the day, it’s up to the individual who they love and if it’s a safe, legal and consensual relationship – who are we to judge?

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Do You Need A Hug? Cos Ita Buttrose Reckons All Millennials Do

"They seem to lack the resilience."

Millennials cop quite a few negative stereotypes. We’re entitled, never going to own a house, and don’t get me started on the avocado toast trope. Now we can add a new one to the mix after ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose said millennials “lack resilience” and “need hugging.”

During a recent talk in London, Buttrose said young workers “need much more reassurance and they need to be thanked.”

“They’re very keen on being thanked and they almost need hugging – that’s before COVID of course, we can’t hug anymore – but they almost need hugging,” she said, according to SMH.

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Buttrose added that millennial employees “seem to lack the resilience that I remember from my younger days.”

“Whether that’s because of bad parenting, I don’t know, and I don’t want to go down that path and offend young parents but I am an older parent, and we older parents have very set views about resilience and, you know, I think it’s something we need to foster in everybody from a young age,” she said. 

Unfortunately, Ita Buttrose’s comments didn’t go down so well with millennials, who took to social media to express their concern. 

One ABC news reporter tweeted, “What a slap in the face as a millennial reporter for @abcnews to read these comments @itabuttrose. It’s not hugs that make us dedicate our lives to journalism in the current climate – it’s resilience, and I’m quite frankly tired of lazy inaccurate tropes.”

Another posted, “Maybe Ita should pop into the regional ABC offices where many of my millennial colleagues have been nothing but resilient while smashing coverage of the binfire that’s 2020 – hug free!”

Buttrose’s comments come at a particularly inopportune time considering the fact the pandemic has devastated so many young people’s livelihoods. 

Early last month, the Grattan Institute estimated those aged 15 to 24 will be the hardest hit by the unemployment crisis, with women more at risk than men.

It appears that it’s taking a fair amount of resilience for millennials – and all generations – to weather the storm right now. As for ‘needing hugs’ – the jokes on Ita because scientists say they’re proven to make us healthier and happier.

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