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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.

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.

To which Patrick Stewart responded:

The internet is ready to engage.

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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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.