In my case, this isn't really about GoT specifically, as I've never even watched it. But it's about the general "garbage in -- garbage out" principle.
When we watch something, or consume any kind of media/news/entertainment, it becomes part of us. If the only news we read/consume is highly biased toward our own preconceived political views, it reinforces our preconceptions, and we become even more polarized and biased toward that view ourselves. If we watch trashy youtube videos or TV shows, our minds become accustomed to the trash, and we begin to think the behavior portrayed in those places is normal and OK, and we become more like the trash we watch. Matt makes a telling analogy towards the end of his article that I really like:
"at least treat our brains and souls with the same respect we give a kitchen sponge. You wouldn’t put your sponge in the toilet and then use it to clean your dinner plate. Why, then, do we let our brains absorb hours of filth every day and then think we can turn around and use those same minds to be decent, virtuous people in real life?"
First, Matt makes his own point without even knowing it. His objection is to the nudity, sex and rape in the show as gratuitous filth. GoT also contains a lot of murder - but no one ever complains about that. Murder and killing are just expected and tolerated, even by Matt (I assume, since he doesn't mention it). The good news is, he's still bothered by rape. The bad news is, murder isn't even worthy of objection.
Second, I should probably quit reading any more news. My sponge is already polluted with the kind of crap that people do to each other all around the world today - the world we actually live in. At least GoT has a writer, which leaves us some hope that he will write some justice into the show :)
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