I used to go up for parts as gay bare-knuckle boxers and nasty debt collectors.
This is one of the first things he says in the article. Already you can see the homophobia just dripping off of him.
Note: Like Freeman himself usually is, I am being extremely sarcastic here.
He introduces me to his family - his girlfriend, actress Amanda Abbington, two-year-old son Joseph and dachshund Archie - makes me a cup of tea and pulls out the biscuits.
Yep. This is a truly awful person right here, as you can clearly see.
Note: I’m being sarcastic again.
Freeman says racism is totally wrong yet insists multiculturism divides rather than unites people.
That would be because it does. We actually studied this in some of my social sciences classes.
“When I moved up here this woman I know said, ‘Ooh! There are a lot of whiteys up there’, and I said, ‘I love white people; I’ve no problem with them at all.”
The idea was that I was going to complain because there weren’t enough blues dances out here; not enough ragga around. But I’m not bothered by it.
He’s being funny. Seriously. Have you ever actually watched anything he’s ever been in.
Also, to the writer, please learn how to write because frankly, you’re shit at it. I honestly cannot tell when quotes are quotes or you are speaking. Your quotation marks are completely unintelligible.
“Multiculturalism hasn’t and doesn’t help, because rightly or wrongly it polarises people so much,” he continues.
“Racism is one thing - and I don’t agree with that in any form - but noticing that there are differences is normal and fine and to be encouraged.
“We’ve reached a state now where it’s, ‘You shouldn’t notice. Why are you noticing he’s got a bomb and has a beard and is Muslim and wants to kill your family?”
Part of what Black Pride was/is all about is noticing your differences and being proud of them. In the Sixties, it was all about Black is Beautiful and not wanting to be like the white counterparts, because there are differences and their differences are beautiful.
Noticing isn’t the problem. The problem is objectification. The problem is stereotyping and generalizing. He isn’t stereotyping or generalizing or objectifying here.
Again, this was something we talked about ad nauseum in at least one of my social science classes. To be specific, the one on disability rights - or, you know, human rights…
Freeman, whose diction is sharp and precise, his accent neither common nor posh, speaks in long paragraphs such as this, expressing love for something in one breath and derision for something else in the next.
Oh for the love of - it’s not derision. It’s a paradox. He’s just said that himself, you bloody moron. And it’s true: actors get typecast. Musicians get stuck with something similar: you get big off of one song and at every concert after people all want you to play that one song. It’s obnoxious.
In The Good Night, just released on DVD, he gets to snog both Gwyneth Paltrow and Penélope Cruz.
Snogging Penelope Cruz. The lucky bastard is definitely a racist.
Oh, wait, you won’t get the sarcasm here either because apparently you forgot that there are more races than just black and white.
“I really liked hip-hop until the gangsta rap took over. I come from a time when not every rap record was ‘nigga’ this and ‘nigga’ that; an earlier socially and morally conscious hip-hop sensibility, when it was, ‘Don’t call people nigga’.”
“But now it’s nigga, nigga, nigga, and it’s not funny or interesting politically, artistically or socially. I really don’t like it.”
Yep. Martin Freeman must be a racist because he dislikes the use of racist language, no matter who’s using it.
Obligatory note that the statement above was sarcasm.
Talking of which… ‘The funny thing about the acting business is that there are more poofs in it than you can have hot dinners thrown at you,’ he says.
You’ve thought it. You can deny it all you like, but you have. Every time someone in the entertainment industry comes out - Elton John, Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, David Hyde Pierce, Lindsay Lohan, Jane Lynch - you wonder why there are so many gay famous people. You’ve heard those ‘thespian-did-you-say-lesbian’ jokes before. Martin Freeman’s just actually said it, and the whole reason a lot of people are probably throwing him under the bus for this comment is because they feel guilty for thinking it themselves.
Also, “talking of which”? No, seriously, please go take a remedial writing course right now, you’re simply awful.
“But no one is out. It’s not so bad here, but in Hollywood ? Jesus Christ. Why don’t they just admit it? No one cares if they’re gay or not. I certainly don’t.
In this so-called liberal industry, no one has the guts to come out because of “the box office”, but someone has to be the first in the firing line.
It’s true, I think, and not just for celebrities. People feel like it’ll be such a big, awful catastrophe if they come out and then when they do…no one is surprised, no one is upset, and nobody really cares.
And I think what he meant by all this was that it really wasn’t helping the whole Equality movement that nobody’s willing to step out and say “I’m gay, and it doesn’t matter because it’s none of your business.” Nobody has to come out as hetero. I think Freeman is more frustrated by the people who pretend to be straight. Frankly, I find it stupid that some people pretend to be straight. It really isn’t helping things, it’s actually making them worse.
People should stand up and be counted.
I’m not sure what the problem was with this statement.
In short, don’t forget you’re also interviewing him about style. Just as knowing his own style, what he wants out of it, caring about the way he looks doesn’t make him gay, a few non-PC comments doesn’t make him a racist or a homophobe.
Especially considering the fact that he’s a fucking Johnlock/Schwatsonlock shipper, people.
Conclusion: You’re all morons, this writer is bloody terrible at their jobs, and clearly I’m related to him because I say shit like this all the time.