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‘Doctor Who’s’ Alex Kingston Calls Cancel Culture ‘Fascistic’

'Douglas Is Cancelled' star slams lack of forgiveness, appetite for destruction

Alex Kingston could be “cancelled” tomorrow but she might not realize it immediately.

You won’t find the veteran actress on X, the outlet formerly known as Twitter, or other popular platforms. And she likes it that way.

She likes the thinking behind Cancel Culture far less.

She broached the subject during her press tour for the British drama “Douglas Is Cancelled.” The four-part dramedy follows a middle-aged anchor (Hugh Bonneville) whose off-color joke at a wedding reception comes back to haunt him.

Kingston told The Telegraph why she loathes the woke revolution, going beyond surface-level disagreements. To her, the woke movement is nothing short of “terrifying.”

“Sort of fascistic, really. I don’t think people realise how dangerous cancelling people is, what that has meant historically.”

The impact on her peer group is unmistakable, says Kingston, who played River Song on TV’s “Doctor Who.”

“My generation is treading on eggshells, not knowing whether what you say will unintentionally hurt somebody. I get really confused about pronouns, for instance. I’m just not confident with how and when to use them. There is no empathy or sympathy, opinions are immediate and black and white. I hope we’ll start coming back to a place where people can be kinder to each other, both in thinking about what they’re going to say and hearing what’s being said.”

Politically incorrect, no?

Kingston also lashed out at the woke notion that only certain actors can play certain roles.

She’s even less enamored with the color-blind casting that leaves some audiences shaking their heads. Yes, “Hamilton’s” overzealous diversity struck a powerful note about the country’s roots, but in other projects that process doesn’t make sense, she argues.

Plus, insisting only select actors play select roles goes against her profession.

“People should be allowed to explore roles they would not have been able to explore before and also not be deprived of roles or even of writing roles because they don’t actually physically apply to them.”

She isn’t the only star to take that stand.

Stanley Tucci, who played a gay man in “Supernova,” defended his ability as a straight man to take the part.

“I think that acting is all about not being yourself. If we were to use that as a template, then we would only ever play ourselves. I think what we need to do, we need to give more gay actors opportunities.”

Yet Tom Hanks has suggested he shouldn’t have starred in “Philadelphia,” the 1993 film about a gay man’s battle with AIDS. Hanks has yet to hand back the Oscar he won for the performance.


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