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Game of Thrones actor Maisie Williams corrects sexist headline

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The UK Daily Mail attempted to share news that Game of Thrones actor, Maisie Williams (who portrays the fierce Arya Stark in HBO’s most popular film series), attended a charity event.

Sinking to a low level of objectification, the publication titled the article, “Unveiled: Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams goes braless in sheer lace dress and quirky headpiece at charity masquerade ball.”

Just to piss off women more, if you check out the teasing line while browsing it, it reads “Smile! Braless Maisie Williams looks red carpet ready as she attends…”

Fortunately, Williams is just as brazen as her character counterpart, and even more poised. She respectfully suggested an alternative title -- “Game of Thrones actor, Maisie Williams, helps raise thousands at a Summer Masquerade Ball for @NSPCC.”

Williams statement gets right at the heart of what matters. The GOT actor (along with the rest of us ) is sick and tired of seeing women objectified in media or only asked about the contents of their purse.

Female actors are rarely treated as equal to their male counterparts, whether it’s not asking a woman for her opinion and thoughts on global issues, character and film development in a series, or the lack of pay parity between genders. And it has to stop.

Williams’ dress or what the actor wears underneath is not what matters (though I’d like to point out it was classy, floor length, short-sleeved, and had a high-neckline).

Often when celebrities (especially women) are involved in helping others the focus is on the celebs’ looks, attire and this helps nobody but the media push it’s agenda.

The actress was attending a fundraising event for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) an organisation raising awareness and preventing child abuse. The event celebrated the 30 years of service NSPCC has had in providing a helpline, Childline, for child sexual and violence abuse.

NSPCC preferred William’s article title, tweeting support for the actor.

Thanks Maisie Williams for correcting the record--we agree that your title is much better!