Patrick Stewart came to Comicpalooza (aka The Texas International Comic Convention) as a special guest. It’s not hard to imagine why, especially given his roles on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men film series.
During a Q&A session with convention attendees, Stewart fielded a question that asked everyone to leave behind the fantasy world and confront some cold realities. Since 2006, Stewart has worked with Amnesty International and Refuge, a UK charity for abused women, to make a meaningful dent in the levels of domestic violence experienced in our societies. Still haunted, Stewart personally witnessed domestic violence in his own home as a child. As a youngster, he felt powerless to stop it. But, as an adult, he can now put his celebrity on the line and ask men to be part of the solution, not the problem. The video, which gets more moving as it goes along, also makes the case for improving treatment of PTSD — a problem unto itself, and also something that contributes to domestic violence, especially during times of prolonged war.
Note: the influential speech referenced in the conversation appears below.
Acclaimed BBC Production of Hamlet, Starring David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek)
Shakespeare’s Satirical Sonnet 130, As Read By Stephen Fry and Patrick Stewart
It’s so great to see this post on Open Culture. Thanks, Dan!
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