Keep equal­ity is­sue ‘burn­ing hot’

Push for fair­ness must go be­yond awards shows, ac­tor says

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Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch has warned that the dis­cus­sion sur­round­ing in­equal­ity in Hol­ly­wood needs to re­main “burn­ing hot” all year round, not just at awards cer­e­monies.

The #TimesUp and #MeToo move­ments, both cre­ated in the wake of the tor­rent of sex­ual as­sault ac­cu­sa­tions that swept Hol­ly­wood in late 2017, dom­i­nated the 2018 awards sea­son, with stars choos­ing a va­ri­ety of ways, in­clud­ing wear­ing all black, to show their com­mit­ment to the cause.

While glitzy awards bashes have since wound down, Doc­tor Strange and Sher­lock star Cum­ber­batch says the topic of in­equal­ity be­tween the gen­ders should not.

“I run a film com­pany (Sun­ny­March), it’s my­self and Adam (Ack­land) and then all women,” Cum­ber­batch told Bri­tish Harper’s Bazaar. “I think it’s about time, and we need to keep the dis­cus­sion burn­ing hot and not just at awards cer­e­monies. It’s some­thing that needs to run through our in­dus­try at all times of the year to make sure that there is equal pay and a place at the ta­ble — equal­ity, that’s what that means.

“The brass tacks of that is still yet to hap­pen, so we need to push for that and great roles for women of all ages is also equally im­por­tant.”

The Marvel star is pleased to be a part of a fran­chise that por­trays women as pow­er­ful char­ac­ters, and he’s glad that more ac­tresses are be­ing of­fered su­per­hero roles, nam­ing Brie Lar­son’s up­com­ing por­trayal of Cap­tain Marvel as a high­light.

“Brie’s not to be mucked around with, she’s a real force of na­ture and good for ex­actly what we’re talk­ing about,” he said.

“I think as a prac­tice as whole, as a craft as a whole, as an in­dus­try as a whole, it’s been a re­ally shock­ing wake-up call to go ‘No, this is still re­ally hap­pen­ing be­hind closed doors.’ #MeToo and #TimesUp — it’s part of what real su­per­heroes do. It’s a col­lec­tive move­ment to em­pow­er­ment and it’s amaz­ing that that can hap­pen. It’s about peo­ple, about sur­vivors be­ing strong enough to speak up, and ex­pose them­selves to say ‘this re­ally hap­pened to me and it must stop now and I need your sup­port.’ ”

Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch

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