HBO’s new hit show “Westworld” debuted on Sunday night, and apparently it’s not all that different from “Game of Thrones” — and not in a good way.
The new show, based on a 1973 Michael Crichton novel, tells the story of a futuristic amusement park that includes robot hosts who let visitors live out any of their wildest fantasies. There are absolutely no consequences. No laws to break, no rules to shatter or anything of the sort. It’s basically “Jurassic Park,” but with robots.
In the show’s first episode, “Westworld” references the idea of raping a dead corpse, broadcasts the use of brothels that include nudity and even shows a rape scene that offers viewers another instance of sexual assault.
The show also ended with a violent scene in said brothel, where characters were killed and one character laughed over dead bodies.
“HBO is building a legacy of rape culture entertainment,” Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, said in a statement.
Founded in 1962, National Center on Sexual Exploitation is the leading national organization opposing pornography by highlighting the links to sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, addiction and more. The organization changed its name from Morality In Media to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation early in 2015 to better describe the organization’s scope and mission, which is to expose the seamless connection between all forms of sexual exploitation.
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