Vox Political will be adding Benedict Cumberbatch to the ever-growing list of actors and celebrites who seem to have more of a clue than our elected representatives.
The actor Benedict Cumberbatch has shown his growing frustration over the migration crisis during a speech after his Hamlet performance – reportedly saying “f*** the politicians”.
The Sherlock star has been giving nightly speeches after his curtain call at the Barbican in London and asking for donations to help Syrian refugees. So far, audience contributions have raised more than £150,000 for Save the Children.
Cumberbatch has been particularly critical of the British government’s decision to accept only 20,000 refugees over five years.
During the speeches, Cumberbatch has been reading a poem called Home by Somali poet Warsan Shire, the same one he read in the introduction to Help is Coming, Save the Children’s charity single, released in the summer. It includes the line: “No one puts children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”
Cumberbatch has told theatregoers of a friend’s experience volunteering on the Greek island of Lesbos, where 5,000 people had been arriving every day.
“Everywhere on the horizon there was nothing but boats and on the shoreline nothing but lifejackets,” he said. “We are saying, as citizens of the world, we see you … and at least some help is coming.”
Several members of the audience on Tuesday said they supported Cumberbatch’s frustration with politicians, which led him to use the swear word, despite the fact the Lib Dem peer Lady Shirley Williams was in the audience.
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