He’s human waste. If I had to choose someone on earth to pick up and throw into a garbage can because he belongs there, Alex Graves would be the top of my list. Here is a little recap of some of the shitty things he did:
Insisted that the Cersei and Jaime altar sex scene was, “by the end” of the scene, consensual. [X] Remember that scene where Jaime pushed Cersei to the ground and she said no over and over again? Here’s a choice quote from Graves, to show how ridiculously delusional he is (and, consequently, why he should be kept in a box under a bridge instead of giving him creative control over one of the most watched shows on television):
"And Jaime is very much ready to have sex with her because he hasn’t made love to her since he got back, and she’s sort of cajoled into it, and it is consensual.”
ASTONISHING. You contradicted yourself, so I don’t even have to break down your statement to show how wrong you are!! Thanks Alex!!!! But here’s the big quote, which is clearly one of the most disturbing things I’ve read in a while:
"The consensual part of it was that she wraps her legs around him, and she’s holding on to the table, clearly not to escape but to get some grounding in what’s going on."
I?????? am????? so concerned that people like this exist in the world and have artistic influence??? This is shocking. Consent is so widely misconstrued that people like Alex Graves genuinely believe that a statement like this could be correct. That doesn’t only make me want to stop watching Game of Thrones, it makes me feel unsafe generally in life.
An extra special note - Graves stated that this was his favorite scene he ever shot. What a nice, skin crawlingly terrifying thing to say.
His reasons for why Stoneheart were not included in the show are misogynistic bullshit. [X] More or less his explanation for not including her amounted to - ‘eh, women and violence? Not sexualized violence? No thanks.’ Here’s the exact quote:"Well, she was never going to be a part of it. I think the bottom line is that there was so much going on, at least from where I stood, that it wasn’t something to get into because, you know, when you get into taking Michelle Fairley, one of the greatest actresses around, and making her a zombie who doesn’t speak and goes around killing people, what’s the best way to integrate that into the show?…From what I know of the books, it’s like, Okay, what’s she really there for?"
How are you even supposed to respond to drivel like this? A woman who enacts violence in the name of her family who has been brutally murdered, a woman who objectively would serve as a hero or revenge character for the majority of the asoiaf audience - just…..isn’t interesting enough for Alex Graves? I wonder if that has ANYTHING to do with how far his head is up his ass.
He doesn’t give a shit about GRRM’s writing. Like, at all. Here we go:
"I have read a lot of the books, but I didn’t read that scene because I wasn’t doing that scene; I was doing the scene our writers wrote"
It’s like trying to talk to a militant five year old that you’ve allowed to pick where you’re going to dinner that evening. It’s really your own fault for giving the five year old any power in the first place, and now he’s just going to fuck you over gleefully.
Except he’s not a five year old, he’s a full grown man who understands next to nothing about life, let alone the show that he was directing, and then laughs whenever someone tries to call him on it. His response to directing a rape scene was “eh, it’s not actually rape, because you know, I as a white man say so.” Human garbage. Boycott Alex Graves existing 2k14.