Jason Momoa Apologized for That "Tasteless" 'Game of Thrones' Rape Joke

"I am still severely disappointed in myself."

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More and more celebrities have been adding their voices against and stories about disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, including many men. But while actors Terry Crews and James Van Der Beek shared their own stories, the discussion has shined a light on some male celebrities' own past questionable behavior.


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Following Ben Affleck's decade-overdue apology for grabbing TRL VJ Hilarie Burton's breasts on air, fellow Justice League actor Jason Momoa is the latest male celebrity to apologize for past actions. In his case, the inciting incident came in 2011 during a Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con, where the Khal Drogo actor joked:

"But as far as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that there's so many things you can do, like rip someone's tongue out of their throat and get away with it … and rape beautiful women."

The comment is followed with laughter, including from costar Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys. But the renewed focus on the insensitive comment has brought the actor onto Instagram to apologize for his actions:

"I awoke in Australia to the justified reactions by many people to a distasteful joke I made years ago in Hall H for which I am sorry. I am still severely disappointed in myself at the insensitivity of my remarks that day. I know my sincerest apology now won't take away those hurtful words. Rape and sexual harassment can reach anyone and I have seen first hand its painful torment among members of my own family and friends.

I made a truly tasteless comment. It is unacceptable and I sincerely apologize with a heavy heart for the words I said.

All apologies, Jason."

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