Friday, 24 February 2017

My Captain

"He had me at 'Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.' In my opinion, his Jean-Luc Picard is the only Star Trek captain worthy of helming the USS Enterprise; (...). For more than 20 years, my love for Patrick Stewart has burned strong and bright, “the star to every wandering bark”. (...) I’ve never met Patrick Stewart. I know almost nothing of his personal life beyond the fact that he choses to use his fame to support human rights. He’s been a long time supporter of Amnesty International in his native UK (...)."
Jennifer Prestholdt

"When it comes to protecting civil liberties and human rights you cannot be too active and too determined no matter what the matters are." 
Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart speaks out against domestic violence, supports a charity that helps veterans with PTSD and is a declared feminist.
"The truth is that domestic violence and violence against women touch many of us. This violence is not a private matter. Behind closed doors it is shielded and hidden and it only intensifies. It is protected by silence – everyone's silence. Violence against women is learned. Each of us must examine - and change - the ways in which our own behavior might contribute to, enable, ignore or excuse all such forms of violence. I promise to do so, and to invite other men and allies to do the same." Patrick Stewart
::: Patrick Stewart's article "The legacy of domestic violence", The Guardian, 2009, LINK
::: Patrick Stewart's article "Domestic violence blighted my home. That's why I support Refuge", The Guardian, 2012, LINK

Photograph: In November 2016, Patrick Stewart posted his photograph with a safety pin on his jacket, a symbol of solidarity with groups of people that are marginalised or attacked. The movement started after the Brexit vote and continued in the U.S. where it communicated that e.g. immigrants or refugees were "safe" with those wearing the safety pin.

Sir Patrick Stewart supports Combat Stress, a charity that "helps thousands of Veterans to rebuild their lives by giving them access to specialist treatment and advice". Stewart's father had "suffered in silence with the psychological wounds he sustained in the Second World War" (via).

In 2014, he was mistakenly outed as gay by a newspaper. Patrick Stewart's reaction: "Quite frankly, I was utterly flattered by that assumption." (via)

::: Patrick Stewart in #WordsMatter: WATCH

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  1. Wonderful, wonderful, love him

  2. A wonderful captain, I'm a BIG fan.
    Many thanks for your comments, Karen and Derek!