Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood forced to apologise over controversial comments about rape
Craig Revel Horwood has apologised for admitting he “liked” the rape scenes in Game of Thrones.
The Strictly Come Dancing judge was speaking on the panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats when he made the controversial comments. Responding to a question on whether he liked Game of Thrones, Revel Horwood said: “No, I persevered for the first series until the dragon came on and that’s when I switched off.
“I liked all the sex scenes and the rape and I liked the cleavers through the skulls and I liked all of that, but I got very bored in the end.”
The comments shocked fellow panellist Aisling Bea, who replied: “When they weren’t raping anyone? Am I the only one who heard that? What world are we living in? Oh, Trump’s world. Fine – keep going.”
Following calls to sack Revel Horwood for his comments, he has since apologised, telling OK magazine: “I unreservedly apologise for any offence caused by my comments.”
Meanwhile, founder of child protection charity Enough Abuse UK Marilyn Hughes told The Telegraph: “His comment would have enraged many women and men who have been raped.
“How could he say he liked that scene? I’m absolutely disgusted… You cannot have people on a family show with that mindset. I think the BBC should get rid of him.”
“When you are in such a high-profile position you cannot afford to make comments like this… You cannot have someone glibly talking about rape like this, it’s jaw-droppingly awful.”