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Oscar-Winner Mark Rylance on Cancel Culture – ‘I Don’t Feel Safe’

Progressive star calls woke bylaws 'merciless,' wants path to redemption instead

Some actors virtue signal to their hearts’ content but rarely take real-world action.

Not Mark Rylance.

The Oscar-winning actor from “Bridge of Spies” ended his 30-year relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company to protest BP’s sponsorship of its arts programs.

“I do not wish to be associated with BP any more than I would with an arms dealer, a tobacco salesman or anyone who wilfully destroys the lives of others alive and unborn. Nor, I believe, would William Shakespeare,” he said.

The actor, knighted in 2017, also supports groups like the Stop the War Coalition and Artists for Palestine. That progressive activism seems a natural fit for the current Cancel Culture revolution.

Except Rylance fears the cultural tide far more than he embraces it.

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The actor, most recently seen in “The Outfit, told Positive.News why the push to improve society comes with risks for a working actor. He fears a workplace conflict where one person’s accusations can trump the truth.

“I’m now looking at how to make a contractual requirement in places where I work, because I don’t feel safe.” The contract he envisages, would mean that, “If anyone in the workplace, man or woman, is accused of saying something, they’re judged by their peers. There should be a committee in the West End … made up of union members and peers, who hear both cases.

He says law breakers must be dealt with, but often the issues on a film or theatrical set involve various interpretations of what happened on a given day. 

We’ve seen several major stars, like Frank Langella and Bill Murray, punished for behaviors that can be interpreted in different ways.

That possibility strikes Rylance as unfair. He also rejects the punitive nature of Cancel Culture at its worst.

“The cancellation culture is too merciless and puritan for me. There should be the option of mediation, the chance for the accused to apologise and to redeem themselves. We cannot, in our human consciousness, decide that someone is past redemption.” Rylance adds: “Eventually, love and forgiveness is the only way through.”

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5 Comments

  1. Enjoy your Frankenstein, Lefties. It’s delicious to watch the very monster you created turn on you. P.S. Don’t look to us for help. We will not come to your aid or sacrifice ourselves on the culture-war’s proverbial “Omaha Beach.” You’re on your own…

    1. I love it when the right wongers, who are attacking librarians and banning books, cry piteously that the left is woke and censoring They lose their minds at pronouns. They pass laws banning speech. Look in the mirror, maggats.

  2. MORON doesn’t want to be associated with a PETROLEUM company . Everything in the clipped picture of the MORON is MADE WITH PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, the INK IN THE PAPER HE’S HOLDING —-MADE WITH PETROLEUM. THE CLOTHES THIS IDIOT IS WEARING ….MADE WITH PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND BROUGHT TO MARKET BY TRUCKS USING ……..WAIT FOR IT…….PETROL!

    ANOTHER VIRTUE SIGNALING IDIOT. He must have sexually harassed someone along the line and is scared now!

  3. Geez, even the commenters are bitter. Can’t anyone talk to people that disagree with them anymore without being an a**hole? I’m liberal but I don’t hate conservatives. I agree with them on some things. I wish progressives would just admit they try to silence politically incorrect individuals, and conservatives would admit they try to silence individuals outside the norm.

  4. Mark Rylance is an extraordinary actor. The Outfit is incredible becuse of his performance in the film. I hope that no one cancel’s him. And that he will continue to perform in plays and films that will teach us while entertaining us.

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