What gives Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch the right to take the moral high ground?
Few would dispute that Benedict Cumberbatch is a properly brilliant actor (and, yes, a bit of a hottie too).
But recently, when filming Sherlock in Cardiff, he did something a bit controversial.
Hiding his face under a hoodie, Benedict held up a sign for the photographers hanging out on set that read: ‘Go photograph Egypt and show the world something important.’
Good point, well made, eh?
Well, yes and no. Of course paps trying to get his photo while he’s busy working must be annoying for him.
And yes, the horrific recent events in Egypt are clearly much more important and newsworthy than getting a pic of him as Sherlock Holmes.
But is it really fair for Benedict to trivialise those photographers’ jobs?
Several journalists have actually been killed in the process of trying to cover what’s going on in Egypt.
So it’s not like suggesting they go and photograph a fête in Wolverhampton instead – it’s serious stuff.
And well-intentioned as the Star Trek Into Darkness star may be, one could argue that his job isn’t exactly doing much to change the world either.
I’ve no doubt Benedict uses his talents and his profile for good where he can – he’s an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, for a start.
But to the best of my knowledge, he hasn’t been on the frontline in the Egyptian conflicts himself.
And if you’re going to take the moral high ground, you’ve really gotta put your money where your mouth is. Because otherwise, Benedict, you just come across as a bit… well, smug.
And us Cumberbitches definitely don’t want that.