On Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams plays one of George R.R. Martin’s infamously victimized women of Westeros, Arya Stark.
Maisie Williams gives the Game of Thrones character much of that strength, a fact Maisie reminded everyone of when she stood up against the Daily Mail for printing sexist remarks about her recent outfit.
The Game of Thrones actress was attending a charity event, the Summer Masquerade Ball for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, trying to do her part to support an important organization, but it seems the Daily Mail couldn’t see past Maisie’s outfit.
Daily Mail titled their article about Williams with a focus on the white dress, “Unveiled: Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams goes braless in sheer lace dress and quirky headpiece at charity masquerade ball.”
The Daily Mail tends to focus on fashion and regularly puts out articles based on the appearances of celebrities, as they attend charity and red carpet events, or as they are seen on vacation or on location sets of in production films, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the focus was on Maisie Williams and her outfit.
While Williams was certainly righteous in her criticism of the article’s headline, t can be no denying that drawing readers to the article with such a sensationalized headline also draws attention to the NSPCC. The article features several pictures of Maisie Williams in poses for the photographer with descriptions of Maisie’s dress in the body of the article.
While this may be business as usual for Daily Mail, Maisie was understandably offended by the way in which the article’s author described her attire and drew attention to items most people might not have noticed.
Whether one sides with Daily Mail or with Maisie Williams, one can’t deny the incident has raised awareness for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.