Danish Game of Thrones star fights for refugees

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and his Game of Thrones cast mates have teamed up with the International Rescue Committee to help refugees across the world.

Danish Game of Thrones star fights for refugees
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

The Danish actor and a host of other stars from HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ have taken a break from slaying kings and fighting dragons to team up with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and launch the Rescue Has No Boundaries campaign.

The joint campaign launched by the IRC and ‘Game of Thrones' aims to raise awareness and provide aid to the millions of refugees displaced around the world.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jamie Lannister in the fantasy epic, uses a video released by the IRC to call on the public to donate money to help the estimated 60 million displaced refugees across the world.

“Our partnership with HBO and Game of Thrones—which premiered around the same time the war in Syria began—hopes to galvanize the general public to take action and rise up for refugees,” David Miliband, the president and CEO of the IRC, said in a press release. 

In conjunction with the campaign, lucky fans will be offered the opportunity to attend the 'Game of Thrones' season 6 premiere in Los Angeles on April 10th, with flights and a stay in a four-star hotel included. Fans can enter the draw from March 13th till April 5th with a $10 (roughly 70 kroner) donation to the IRC campaign.

Coster-Waldau has played the incestuous ‘King Slayer’ since the beginning of the Emmy-award winning show in 2011.

The much anticipated season six will see another acclaimed Danish actor enter the world of Westeros. The star of ‘Borgen’ and ‘1864’, Pilou Asbæk, will join the 'Game of Thrones' universe as Euron “Crow’s Eye” Greyjoy, joining Coster-Waldau and ‘Borgen’ co-star Birgitte Hjort Sørensen on the increasing list of Danish actors to star in the hit show.

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Why has Denmark made a children’s TV show about the ‘world’s longest penis’?

The everyday adventures of new Danish kids' TV character John Dillermand like walking the dog or going to the zoo might not look like the stuff of scandal -- if the tales didn't often revolve around his oversized penis.

Why has Denmark made a children’s TV show about the 'world's longest penis'?
An image from the first episode of 'John Dillermand'. Photo: DR/Louise Bergholt Sørensen

Even in one of the world's most progressive countries, the stories of the man with “the world's longest willy” have sparked debate about just what is appropriate for children in the programme's target audience of four- to eight-year-olds.

“We think it's important to be able to tell stories about bodies,” public broadcaster DR posted on Facebook Tuesday.

“In the series, we recognise (young children's) growing curiosity about their bodies and genitals, as well as embarrassment and pleasure in the body.”

Broadcast on kids' channel Ramasjang, the first of Dillermand's 13 episodes has already been watched 140,000 times since it was released on January 2nd.

His extra-long member is often key to the wacky situations in which he finds himself at one point floating over the city thanks to balloons tied to his tackle.

“It's a very Danish show. We have a tradition to push the limits and use humour and we think it's totally normal,” education expert Sophie Munster told AFP.

With some members of the public posting outrage online, far-right MP Morten Messerschmidt attacked the show in a Facebook post.

“I don't think looking at adult men's genitalia should be turned into something normal for children. Is this what you call public service?” he fumed.

Munster argued however: “The debate is from an adult perspective, in which the long penis is sexualised. Children have a different perspective.

“The size of the penis is exaggerated so much, children realise it's a joke.”

The series can be watched via broadcaster DR's website.

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