Londoner’s Diary: Benedict Cumberbatch says understanding toxic masculinity helps society

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Benedict Cumberbatch (AFP via Getty Images)
Benedict Cumberbatch (AFP via Getty Images)

Welcome back to the Londoner’s Diary. First up Benedict Cumberbatch is urging people to try and understand the root causes of toxic masculinity. Also we hear Wireless festival was so loud that the explicit lyrics of Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP could be heard inside houses a mile away and Private Eye editor Ian Hislop tells us his magazine hasn’t lost its trouble-making power. In SW1A Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle is hoping an appearance from Joanna Lumley will impress fellow Speakers as they arrive to his constituency this week and the PM jokes about efforts to boost the UK’s population.

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BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH urged a better understanding of toxic masculinity at an event at the Toronto International Film Festival last night.

“Toxic masculinity is often born out of repression, out of feelings being gaslighted, washed out or not allowed,” Cumberbatch said. “We move forwards as a society if we can see past the behaviour to the motivations and towards an understanding, and we don’t if we just cast these people aside as the bad guys and throw away the key.”

Cumberbatch explores masculinity in his new film The Power of the Dog, where he plays a rancher who torments his newly married brother.

The actor also shared a story about the moment when he realised that the BBC drama Sherlock was going make him a star. Going outside and putting his moped helmet on, the actor thought: “Oh my god, if it’s gone as well as I thought it did… everything’s about to change.”

SW1A

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Conference season starts this week, and Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle is welcoming fellow Speakers from G7 countries to his constituency in Chorley. Among them will be Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives. Hoyle is hoping an appearance from Joanna Lumley will impress his guests.

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The PM showed some self-awareness as he hailed the UK’s summer of sport at a Conservative association lunch, which only got better with Emma Raducanu. “And we’re only 0.8 per cent of the world’s population — in spite of all of our best efforts,” Johnson quipped. Some are trying harder than others.

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Rankin and Tuuli Shipster attend Rankin’s open studio weekend in celebration of Photo London 2021 at Annroy Studio (Dave Benett)
Rankin and Tuuli Shipster attend Rankin’s open studio weekend in celebration of Photo London 2021 at Annroy Studio (Dave Benett)

PHOTOGRAPHER Rankin told us he is enjoying the silence of snapping plants but misses the “banter” of taking portraits. Partner Tuuli Shipster was at his launch with models Fifi Anicah and Sarah Ann Macklin. Meanwhile, Paul Young and Andy Bell sang at The Wonder of Sound Gala in Kensington.

Sixty years on, Eye’s still stirring

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Ian Hislop (Dave Benett)
Ian Hislop (Dave Benett)

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop tells us his magazine hasn’t lost it’s trouble-making power. A new book to celebrate the 60th anniversary had to be changed at the last minute due to lawyers warning about ongoing legal cases, leading to blank spaces on two pages. Hislop, once called the UK’s most sued man, tells us he is planning another 60 years. “If we can survive the pandemic we can survive anything,” he says. He’s aided by Boris Johnson, who he begrudgingly accepts is good for satire, if not the country.

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Wireless shocks the neighbours

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Megan Thee Stallion (Getty Images)
Megan Thee Stallion (Getty Images)

While music fans enjoyed Wireless festival over the weekend, some near the Crystal Palace venue were less impressed. Yesterday’s acts were so loud that houses a mile away were shaking into the evening. Of particular interest to many was Megan Thee Stallion’s anthem WAP, whose explicit lyrics could be heard booming through some walls. Sky News’s Kate McCann said: “Street WhatsApp lit up with shocked people googling the full lyrics for the first time.” Cover your ears, kids.

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