Thursday, August 22, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch's Message to the Media

Muslims protecting Coptic Christians in Egypt
I remember being pleasantly surprised by the actor's honesty when I read Martin Freeman's criticisms of multiculturalism and homosexuals. He reminded me of Mark Steyn's point that no multiculturalist could tell you the capital of Saudi Arabia, when he said: “In London we give ourselves a pat on the back, rightly, for not killing one another, for our prejudice being subtle rather than lethal. But nor are we waking up every morning saying, 'I can't wait to speak to my different X or Y neighbours about food or music.’”

Needless to say, for daring to criticize popular minorities, he was labeled a racist and a homophobe. Freeman's penchant for speaking his mind must have rubbed off on co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, who recently made headlines for sending the paparazzi a clear message:

The photograph was taken on the set of the TV show Sherlock, which is frequently crowded by fans and media. Perhaps it's just false humility, but it is, nevertheless, refreshing coming from someone with his level of fame. On the other hand, Cumberbatch may be only using the outlet to air his own opinions. He wrote out a lengthy criticism of the government's lack of openness and the media's lack of real journalism, quoted in the Radio Times:

"Questions we have a right to ask in a democracy – Cameron, Theresa May, GCHQ, teachers, parents, each other," it began.
"Hard drives smashed, journalists detained at airports. Democracy? Schedule 7 Prior restraint – is this erosion of civil liberties winning the war on terror? 
"What do they not want you to know? And how did they get to know it? Does the exposure of their techniques cause a threat to our security or does it just cause them embarrassment?"

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  1. Thanks for sharing that! I know very little about either of them--for all that I'm a Hobbit fan. Interesting. I'll have to read up on them. (At some point). ;D

  2. I always knew there was a reason why I liked both actors so much.


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