positive lady characters meme redux-> [1/9 women of colour]↳
Lucy Hale for Just Jared.
the theory that people
are always searching for
their other half is
don’t let anyone, not
even a god, tell you
you are anything less
I want you to be happy. That’s all I want.
Stay the hell away from that girl. ‘Cause wherever she goes, death follows.
You guys are all posting cutesy gifsets of Benedict Cumberbatch and his mom and all I can remember is that time she advised him not to use his last name professionally to avoid being the target for reparations lawsuits. For the slaves their family owned.
Stacey Cumberbatch, New York City’s newly appointed commissioner of citywide administrative services, said in an interview after her introduction at City Hall last week that she shares a last name with the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch because her ancestors were slaves owned by his family.
The commissioner, who is the granddaughter of Caribbean immigrants, told the New York Times that the actor’s fifth-great-grandfather owned a plantation in Barbados and explained that it was common for slaves to take the surnames of their owners during that time. The British Cumberbatches were a famous family of “merchants and adventurers” in the 18th and 19th century, and it is a matter of public record that Abraham Cumberbatch (Benedict’s fifth-great-grandfather) founded the family’s fortunes on a sugar plantation in Barbados.
wait he said //what//
Cumberbatch is his father’s name and the old man’s an actor too, although Dad wasn’t brave enough to use it and instead works as Timothy Carlton. “Cumberbatch — it sounds like a fart in a bath, doesn’t it?” he laughs. “What a fluffy old name. I can never say it on a Monday morning. When I became an actor, Mum wasn’t keen on me keeping it. ‘They’ll be after you for money,’ she used to say.”
By “they” he means the descendants of Britain’s slave trade. “There are lots of Cumberbatches in our former Caribbean colonies,” he says. “When their ancestors lost their African names, they called themselves after their masters. Reparation cases are ongoing in the American courts. I’ve got friends involved in researching this scar on human history and I’ve spoken to them about it. The issue of how far you should be willing to atone is interesting. I mean, it’s not as if I’m making a profit from the suffering — it’s not like it’s Nazi money.” But the Cumberbatches, he thinks, were “pretty dodgy”.
Wow. There I was, ready to ask: “How’s your mum looking these days?” Here Cumberbatch is, ‘fessing up to a dark family secret. But the acting world turns strangely. Cumberbatch, in his professional life to date, has already impersonated William Pitt the Younger in the film Amazing Grace about the campaign to end the slave trade. “Maybe I was trying to right a wrong there,” he says with an edgy smile.
FUCK YOU, LITERAL BRITISH MITT ROMNEY. YOU DON’T //HAVE// TO MAKE A PROFIT ON THE SUFFERING. YOUR FAMILY //ALREADY DID//.
So I know I’ve talked about this before
But just an added reminder that he said all that about “trying to right a wrong”
And yet this is the same douchebag who, during the London Riots, was talking about how younger generations need to “know their betters” (not sure if he used those exact words, but it was damned near, because he also said the following) and that they should basically just kinda trust the system to do its business and ultimately do right by them. All that he excused by remarking about how he was raised in wealth, so he thought there was something to the old ways of Lords and such tending to their serfs and servants. :|
Like, he legit said that all with a straight face and totally honestly.
Clatterscratch is a demon from the deepest pits of hell, I don’t care what anyone says
did he seriously say that money made from slavery isn’t as bad as nazi money?