Actual Sexiest Man Alive Patrick Stewart Discusses Violence Against Women: “It’s a Man’s Problem”
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Blake “Him? Really?” Shelton has been named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. Here they are, genuinely attempting to convince us of his sexiness. If you’re in public, please, try to control yourselves.
— People (@people) November 15, 2017
I don’t think my reaction would be considered “swooning.”
There’s been a lot of talk over the last few days about who the actual sexiest man alive is, and while there are a lot of great options, I think we should listen to former SMA Ryan Reynolds.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 16, 2017
To which Patrick Stewart responded:
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) November 17, 2017
The internet is ready to engage.
Nothing but respect for MY captain. https://t.co/jrsA0h9qV0
— Norm Wilner (@normwilner) November 17, 2017
I understand if you don’t find Patrick Stewart to be the actual sexiest man alive. This is, after all, a world in which Oscar Isaac, Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, and, like, all of the Chrises exist. But Stewart is sure as hell a whole lot sexier than Blake Shelton. Because one has a history of misogynistic, homophobic, and racist tweets, and the other, well, the other is Patrick Stewart—a man who, among things, is a longtime advocate for domestic violence survivors. (If you’ve never seen this 2013 video of him discussing domestic violence at Comicpalooza, grab yourself some tissues and give it a watch.)
In the clip above, which was released today by The AV Club, Stewart talks about growing up in an abusive household, seeing a police officer ask his bleeding mother what she did to provoke her husband. As he says, “It’s not a woman’s problem, being beaten up in your own home. It’s a man’s problem.” Women can speak up and demand change, but it’s up to men to take responsibility for their actions and to not ever choose violence.
Now those are words becoming of a man deemed the sexiest alive.
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