There's nothing elementary about Benedict Cumberbatch's cultural musings.
The star of “Sherlock,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “The Imitation Game” is sharing his views on the hottest button issues of the day. He’s not holding back, but he’s also displaying a naivety similar to many of his entertainment peers.
“The Imitation Game” tells the story of Alan Turing, the code breaker who played a major role in the Allies’ ability to decipher Nazi messages. Turing, who was gay, endured chemical castration by the British due to the ignorance of the era. He committed suicide at 41.
That true story line led to this conversation in The Daily Beast, which somehow swung against Christians in the U.S. The outlet asked the actor’s thoughts on U.S.-based homophobia:
Oh, the Christian far right? Yes. Very homophobic. You need to have a female president next, and then after that, a gay president. That’s the full journey from Obama’s legacy onwards. There’s a great Morrissey lyric from “America Is Not the World” from You Are the Quarry that goes, “In America, the land of the free, they said / And of opportunity, in a just and truthful way / But where the president is never black, female or gay, and until that day / You’ve got nothing to say to me, to help me believe.” It’s quite an old song from before Obama took office, but you’ve done black, then you need to do female, then the next, gay.
The U.S. already has “done black,” to use the actor’s inelegant phrasing. Here’s the result:
By a wide margin of 52-42%, voters see President Obama as a failed president. Americans also see Obama as more of a divider than uniter. Only 38% believe President Obama is uniting the country. A majority of 55% believe he’s dividing the country.
Would Sherlock Holmes suggest voting for someone based on skin color, gender or sexual orientation? Or would ability, background and a track record of bringing people together matter more?
Cumberbatch also weighed in on ISIS, the radical group known for beheading journalists and other atrocities. Naturally, the actor blamed the west’s foreign policy maneuvers for the radical group’s emergence.
The usual means of showing your prowess and strength just won’t work with this. You can’t kill an idea with bombs—in fact, you often strengthen ideas with bombs.
It doesn’t take expert sleuthing to suss out what Cumberbatch refuses to see, label or blame – radical Islam. Instead, he takes aim at Christians and the West. One wonders what Watson would say about that line of reasoning.