For all the fun and glamour of awards shows' red carpets, hardly any show comes to pass without at least a few cringeworthy comments. The red carpet for the 2016 Emmy Awards was no exception, with Emmy nominee Matt LeBlanc making an uncomfortable statement about Emilia Clarke, also a nominee at this year's show. When asked by red carpet host Jason Kennedy if he watched Game of Thrones, the show in which Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen, LeBlanc said, "I saw the first season and then kind of fell out of touch with it, and I guess that's when she started getting naked, so I need to catch up." Ick.
It's unfortunate to hear LeBlanc make such an unnecessary comment about Clarke and her role on Game of Thrones, basically suggesting that the actor's nudity is a prime draw for him to the series. As her Emmy nomination proves, Clarke is a talented actor whose performance has been a major contributor to Game of Thrones' massive success, and while her nude scenes on the show have certainly garnered discussion, it's frustrating to think that a male viewer, particular one as acclaimed and beloved as LeBlanc, would only watch GoT because of that nudity.
To Clarke's credit, she answered LeBlanc's comment with a nudity-focused comment of her own, saying, "Yeah, I'm not sure he did ever watch .... my show, Game of Thrones. I've watched Friends. I don't remember him getting naked, though." Still, LeBlanc deserves to be called out for his comment, which dismisses Clarke's awards-worthy performance as less important than the fact that she occasionally gets undressed for the sake of the show's plot.