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‘Game of Thrones’ Under Fire Again for Rape Depiction.

U.S. A scene during Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones has reignited the controversy over the show’s depiction of rape and sexual violence, drawing criticism from various media outlets as well as a United States Senator, The New York Times reports.The Democratic from Missouri tweeted Tuesday that she will no longer watch the HBO fantasy hit following a controversial rape scene in Sunday’s episode.Viewers of ’ Sunday, May 17 episode all had strong reactions to the extremely disturbing rape scene involving Sansa Stark () and her new husband Ramsay Bolton (). The most recent Thrones episode concluded with – spoiler alert – young Sansa Stark marrying the sadistic Ramsay Bolton, who then proceeded to attack her on their wedding night while forcing Sansa’s former childhood friend Theon to watch.

Game of Tits and Arse, as HBO’s phenomenon is affectionately known in my household, is no stranger to explicit scenes and uncomfortably graphic storylines. Over the course of five seasons, we have seen psychotic King Joffrey use a crossbow to porcupine a prostitute, Theon Greyjoy sadistically tortured and castrated, and Craster make sex slaves of his daughters.

Thrones actually has a long history of making controversial storytelling moves that result in fans declaring they will Never Watch Again, only for the show to then hit record ratings. Bolton’s rape of Sansa Stark carries particular weight following last season’s notorious episode during which Jaime Lannister assaults his sister/lover Cersei next to the corpse of their dead son, Joffrey.

The death of Ned Stark, The Red Wedding, the Jaime-Cersei Sept scene—all resulted in some fans insisting they were finished, but Thrones viewership rises every season. It’s also so daunting for me to do it. “I’ve been making [producer Bryan Cogman] feel so bad for writing that scene – ‘I can’t believe you’re doing this to me!’ – but I secretly loved it.” A fed-up-sounding George RR Martin wrote a post on his website asking fans to stop discussing the TV adaptation on his blog. Following the episode, Entertainment Weekly spoke with Turner about her thoughts on all her tortured character has been through. “Last season [director] Alex Graves decided to give me hints,” Turner, 19, revealed. “He was saying, ‘You get a love interest next season.’ And I was all, ‘I actually get a love interest!’ So I get the scripts and I was so excited and I was flicking through and then I was like, ‘Aw, are you kidding me!?’” “When I read that scene, I kinda loved it,” she admitted to EW. “I love the way Ramsay had Theon watching. Currently Thrones is one of the most popular shows in the world, with cumulative U.S. viewership around 19 million viewers per episode when including streaming and repeats.

The show is at its slowest and most grating when it starts gratuitously shoe-horning in a sex scene per episode, which serve no purpose for driving the plot forward or revealing more about its characters. And then that night everything gets so f–ked up.” “There have been differences between the novels and the television show since the first episode of season one,” Martin wrote. “And for just as long, I have been talking about the butterfly effect. Viewers already know that Ramsay is a complete maniac and that Sansa’s wedding night will not be pleasant, having it spelled out in such an unsparingly vicious way was unnecessary, like a form of torture porn.

Last year, she spearheaded the charge to change the military’s antiquated sexual assault policies, while her Bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act to reduce sexual violence in colleges is currently pending in Congress. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. But leaving aside the total lack of imagination which sees the writers repeatedly resort to rape as their female humiliation tool of choice, the scene didn’t even have Sansa as its focus. After months of escalating protests and grassroots organizing in response to the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, police reformers have issued many demands. The moderates in this debate typically qualify their rhetoric with “We all know we need police, but…” It’s a familiar refrain to those of us who’ve spent years in the streets and the barrios organizing around police violence, only to be confronted by officers who snarl, “But who’ll help you if you get robbed?” We can put a man on the moon, but we’re still lacking creativity down here on Earth.

While law enforcers have existed in one form or another for centuries, the modern police have their roots in the relatively recent rise of modern property relations 200 years ago, and the “disorderly conduct” of the urban poor. Like every structure we’ve known all our lives, it seems that the policing paradigm is inescapable and everlasting, and the only thing keeping us from the precipice of a dystopic Wild West scenario. But the show has already diverged dramatically from the books, with Ramsay even marrying an entirely different female character, so this doesn’t really wash as an excuse.

Rather than be scared of our impending Road Warrior future, check out just a few of the practicable, real-world alternatives to the modern system known as policing: Unarmed but trained people, often formerly violent offenders themselves, patrolling their neighborhoods to curb violence right where it starts. Stop believing that police are heroes because they are the only ones willing to get in the way of knives or guns – so are the members of groups like Cure Violence, who were the subject of the 2012 documentary The Interrupters. There are also feminist models that specifically organize patrols of local women, who reduce everything from cat-calling and partner violence to gang murders in places like Brooklyn. Violent offenses count for a fraction of the 11 to 14 million arrests every year, and yet there is no real conversation about what constitutes a crime and what permits society to put a person in chains and a cage. Decriminalization doesn’t work on its own: The cannabis trade that used to employ poor Blacks, Latinos, indigenous and poor whites in its distribution is now starting to be monopolized by already-rich landowners.

To quote investigative journalist Christian Parenti’s remarks on criminal justice reform in his book Lockdown America, what we really need most of all is “less.” Also known as reparative or transformative justice, these models represent an alternative to courts and jails. From hippie communes to the IRA and anti-Apartheid South African guerrillas to even some U.S. cities like Philadelphia’s experiment with community courts, spaces are created where accountability is understood as a community issue and the entire community, along with the so-called perpetrator and the victim of a given offense, try to restore and even transform everyone in the process. Communities that have tools to engage with each other about problems and disputes don’t have to consider what to do after anti-social behaviors are exhibited in the first place.

Obviously these could become police themselves and then be subject to the same abuses, but as a temporary solution they have been making a real impact. In New York, Rikers Island jails as many people with mental illnesses “as all 24 psychiatric hospitals in New York State combined,” which is reportedly 40% of the people jailed at Rikers. We have created a tremendous amount of mental illness, and in the real debt and austerity dystopia we’re living in, we have refused to treat each other for our physical and mental wounds.

Mental health has often been a trapdoor for other forms of institutionalized social control as bad as any prison, but shifting toward preventative, supportive and independent living care can help keep those most impacted from ending up in handcuffs or dead on the street.

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