Our beloved Benedict Cumberbatch has earned some ire for how he’s used his literal platform at the National Theater. During the curtain call of the him-headlined Hamlet Cumberbatch entreated his audience to help Syrian refugees by donating to Save the Children. He was also critical of the English government’s “slow response” to the crisis.
Because Cumberbatch is an actor, he’s apparently not supposed to have thoughts or political agendas of his own. The Daily Mail snarked, “There’s no doubt the boy can act…Sadly, though, young Ben’s success seems to have gone to his head. Not content to be a celebrated actor, he has come to see himself as a born-again Bob Geldof.
After milking the applause at the end of the play, Cumberbatch harangues the audience for five minutes about the plight of the Syrian refugees and why Britain isn’t doing enough to help them.”
The Sherlock star has been accused of “exploit[ing] his celebrity.” And his response was nothing less than brilliant:
Benedict Cumberbatch defends Hamlet tirade on refugees
"I'm not interested in what flack I'm taking - I'm interested in trying to raise awareness and funds for people who are in far worse positions than an actor."Benedict Cumberbatch has defended his decision to speak out against politicians' treatment of refugees after a performance of Hamlet.Posted by ITV News on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
“I’m not interested in the flack I’m taking. I’m interested in trying to raise awareness and funds for people who are in far worse positions than an actor being criticized for doing something other than his job. If I’m in the public eye because of my work, and I get scrutinized in my private life because of that, I can damn well make sure that I use that potency to do good for other people.”
Cumberbatch has also issued this plea and promise “that help is coming.”
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