Benedict Cumberbatch Turns A Pap Ambush Into A Political Message

What do you do if you're a celebrity constantly hounded by the paparazzi? Do you scowl menacingly at the cameras? Throw a can of baked beans at them a la Hugh Grant? Or, do you harness this attention for your own political beliefs like Benedict Cumberbatch? Between takes of filming the next season, the Sherlock star found himself besieged by photographers. In response to this, Cumberbatch produced four pieces of paper on which was written questions relating to the government's detention of journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner under Schedule seven of the Terrorism act. The first page reads, "Questions we have a right to ask in a democracy - Cameron, Theresa May, GCHQ, teachers, parents, each other …..", followed by the second page, "Hard drives smashed, journalists detained at airports…… Democracy?", the third page, "Schedule 7 Prior restraint - is this erosion of civil liberties winning the war on terror…..?", and the final page, "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…?"
We going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probably not what the paparazzos had in mind for their money picture, but like that. The actor used a situation he has no control of and used it to question an incident that has confounded, and horrified people the world over. Not that we can be certain of Cumberbatch's own take on this situation, but we can see that he is keen to start a dialogue about it. It has made us pause for thought, that's for sure. (Buzzfeed)
Advertisement
Photo: Via Buzzfeed.
Benedict
Advertisement

More from News

Verizon says the number will be retired for a full year instead of the usual 50 days
Nate Parker's 60 Minutes interview airs on Sunday, and the Birth of a Nation filmmaker said he doesn't feel guilty about the rape allegation that has ...
A man who once crawled under America Ferrera's skirt is now claiming that he's fighting for female body diversity. Really
You could spend all day critiquing the media for the lack of compelling content created by and starring women. But why not put the kind of female-centric...
Frances Bean Cobain has been ordered to dish out a pretty daunting sum of cash to estranged husband Isaiah Silva over the next four months. The 24-year-...
Update: E! News reports that Kim Kardashian has filed a complaint with French authorities against Vitalii Sediuk. The celebrity "prankster" tried to ...
One of Laguna Beach's original cast members gave birth to a baby girl in Newport Beach, CA, on Saturday. Morgan Smith, who starred on the first and second ...
No, She didn't sing, "The Stars Are Blind
Update: The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office charged the two male protesters that stormed the stage during Ryan Lochte's performance during Dancing With ...
Chrissy Teigen confirms that her life is just too too cute
The actor will not be attending a screening of the film Voyage of Time this evening. Though he narrates the documentary film, Pitt says he will not be ...
Two weeks ago, Nick Gordon was found responsible for the 2015 death of one-time girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her ...
Just when we thought we couldn't handle any more Hollywood romances ending, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber broke up. "Over the past few months we've ...
Viola Davis wants people to rethink what it means to be a survivor of sexual assault. In a speech benefitting the Rape Foundation, the How to Get Away ...