After receiving a plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, actor Benedict Cumberbatch used his stage time to show his support for Ukraine.
He said, “I can’t speak today at this amazing moment in my life, on this extraordinary platform, without acknowledging the obvious of what’s happening in Ukraine and to show my support for the people of Ukraine, my support for the people of Russia who are opposing the Kleptocracy and the idiocy of their rulers to try and halt the progression of this atrocity.”
According to Variety, the ‘Sherlock’ star also asked people to help Ukraine in any way they can.
He continued, “But it’s more now for all of us to do than just have thoughts and prayers. We need to act, we need to go on to embassy websites, we need to see what we can do as citizens of the world, citizens of Europe and people who want a better place and a better outcome for this horrendous moment for these people with children, with families who are struggling to survive as rockets rain down on their cities.”
“We can’t stand back anymore. This is no longer a time for avarice or sloth or inactiveness or ineptitude. We need to act, and there are things you can do. You can support organizations. You can support those who help refugees on the ground. You can support human rights organizations. You can pressure your politicians, your bank, your industries to recognize anything that you can do to help. It is possible, so I urge people to do that on this day,” Benedict emphasized.
For the uninitiated, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military campaign in Ukraine last week, threatening other countries with “consequences they have never seen” if they attempted to interfere.