Actor Benedict Cumberbatch declares war on ‘toxic masculinity,’ says men ‘have to shut up and listen’

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English actor Benedict Cumberbatch has apparently declared war on masculinity, saying in an interview this week that there’s a problem with “the behavior of men,” and that the best way to ameliorate this alleged problem is for men “to shut up and listen.”

The remarks were made during a Sky News interview.

The topic of so-called “toxic masculinity” came up during a discussion about “Power Of The Dog,” a new film in which he “plays Phil Burbank, a masochistic rancher who inwardly represses his desires while outwardly bullying those closest to him, including his brother’s new wife (played by Kirsten Dunst),” according to Sky News.

Based on this fictional story, Cumberbatch is convinced real-life men are broken.

“You get this sort of rebellion aspect [from men today], this denial, this sort of childish defensive position of ‘not all men are bad’, but no, we just have to shut up and listen,” he told Sky News.

“There is not enough recognition of abuse, there’s not enough recognition of disadvantages and, at the same time, somewhere along the line – maybe not now, but somewhere along the line – we need to do maybe what the film does as well, which is examine the reason behind the oppressive behavior.”

He didn’t not specify what “oppressive” behavior real-life men are perpetrating.

Are they slapping women for offending them?

Or are they drugging wealthy women and stealing their money like the real-life strippers who were portrayed in the 2019 film “Hustlers” did to real-life men?

Or are they mistreating the people who work for them?

Just checking …

“We need to fix the behavior of men. You have to kind of lift the lid on the engine a little bit,” Cumberbatch added.

“Power Of The Dog” is itself reportedly all about so-called “toxic masculinity” — and by design.

The film was written and directed by Jane Campion, a left-winger who believes women are underpaid and underappreciated in society, and who appears to have a disdain for capitalism and men.

Following the rise of the since-discredited #MeToo movement, she called it a “special moment” and compared it to “The Berlin wall coming down” and “apartheid.”

“I think we have lived in one of the more ferocious patriarchal periods of our time, the 80s, 90s. Capitalism is such a macho force. I felt run over,” she told The Guardian in 2019.

Note the use of the far-left buzzword “patriarchal.”

FYI, this anti-“patriarchal,” anti-capitalist feminist is worth $10 million, according to reports.

Despite her positions, Cumberbatch seems to be one of her biggest fans.

“She’s always been a heroine of mine. ‘The Piano [a film she’s famous for] was a seismic film when I was growing up, for me, and I just completely fell under its spell,” he told Sky News.

“She’s just a great director and the sensitivity and sensibility is needed in this to really crack Philip [the main character in “Power Of The Dog”], you couldn’t imagine a better director for that.”

When she blew up on the scene “almost 30 years ago” thanks to “The Piano,” there was an expectation that other high-quality female filmmakers would “follow in her wake,” but that reportedly never happened, according to Sky News.

“[O]nly now, post-MeToo, are we finally seeing more women being asked to direct major feature films,” the outlet notes.

“It does feel like a painfully long road compared to where she began. But… she has inspired people all along the way,” Cumberbatch said of this.

“It is like mental health, you know, these things are still a stigma. There’s still something that needs talking about, needs addressing, needs writing, help with, and until there is equal pay, a place at the table, equality across the board of every kind, we still have to have that conversation.”

Note what he said about “equal pay.” Modern feminists are convinced that women always deserve the same pay as men who boast the same job, even if the circumstances surrounding their jobs are entirely different.

For instance, men’s soccer is far more profitable than women’s soccer. Yet American women’s soccer players have been screeching for “equal pay” for years.

Yet when, in response to pressure from the left, the U.S. Soccer Federation offered the U.S. women’s national soccer team the same pay contract offered to the men’s team, they rejected it — proving, many believe, that “equality” isn’t what they’re really seeking.

Given Cumberbatch’s rush to demonize men but refusal to hold women to the exact same standards, it seems genuine “equality” is something he too isn’t interested in …

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