To the death, that’s how.
In an interview with Out Magazine, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his role in the BBC Show, Sherlock, and now widely loved by American media, stated that he not only completely and fully supports gay rights but that he would also fight against anyone who thinks death is deserved to anyone who loves someone of the same sex.
He told the magazine that he would fight these extremists with all his might, even if that meant to the other life.
Yes, you may add that to your list of ‘Reasons to love Benny.’
“Human rights movements and sexual and gay rights movements have made huge social progress in the last 40 years, without a doubt, but there’s a lot more work to be done. I think it’s extraordinary that every time we get to a point where there’s any kind of trouble in society, people are scapegoated very, very, very quickly.”
The 38 year old actor told Out Magazine while discussing his latest upcoming movie, The Imitation Game, where Benedict stars as a homosexual mathematician, who broke the Enigma code used by the Nazis during WWII, and was later prosecuted for being gay.
The actor also commented on how, despite the progress that has been made, many gay actors in Hollywood and all over still have difficulties being open about and may even avoid the topic if they can.
Benedict goes on to speak to the mag about him attending a boarding school that made it difficult for students to admit to their homosexuality.
He recalls how he had to defend a classmate that had been exposed for being gay when he was at the school.
Cumberbatch told the magazine the story and described the bullies as ‘a Sikh, a Jordanian prince, an Indian, and a Nigerian,’ and faced them with questions such as, “How would you feel if you were chased because you have a turban, or you were chased because of the color of your skin, or you were chased because of your religion? It’s about being an individual. You can’t tolerate that? Are you sick in the head?”
Although the actor admits that the various cultures and races that the bullies belonged to also have their respective difficulties in being accepted even today, it still wasn’t right for them to attack their classmate for his sexual orientation.
Let’s face it, we’re in the 21st century; things such as sexual orientation, skin color and culture shouldn’t be reasons to prosecute someone.
We’re focusing more on this other than actual reasons to lash at someone, such as murder, rape and the whole list of criminal offenses. We’re not in the time of the World Wars, people. We all want to side with Benny and make more progress in the human and gay rights movements.