Sunday, 24 August 2014
A letter to Benedict Cumberbatch - Ice Bucket Challenge and animal testing
Dear Mr Cumberpants,
Yes that means you Benedict. ;-).
Firstly may I congratulate on a thoroughly fantastic Ice Bucket Challenge. It was funny, entertaining and dare I say, rather oooer exhilarating. We, your fanbase, enjoyed a wet t.shirt scene, a suited and booted scene, a motorbike scene and, phew, it’s getting hot in here, a shower scene. It was almost too much for a fangirl to handle. However, I struggled on, and watched the video a few more times (ahem).
It was a challenge well worth waiting for. I was particularly impressed by the pant slipping scene. I assume it was acted but it looked very real. I do hope you didn’t twist your ankle mid-slip.
Despite the majesty of your challenge, I wonder if I can draw your attention to the animal testing activities of the ALS? Obviously everyone absolutely wants a cure found for this disease. Much like we want a cure for Cancer and other terrible diseases. However, is animal testing really necessary, given the advances in Science?
I would like it if wonderful actors such as yourself, would use your position to encourage the ALS to refrain from animal testing. If there weren’t alternatives, perhaps, at a push, we could prioritise the avoidance of human suffering over that of the suffering of animals but there are alternative methods of researching. So why test on animals?
I was alerted to the animal testing activities of the ALS by Pamela Anderson. I was taken aback by her bravery to stand up against animal testing rather than taking the Ice Bucket Challenge. That said, I enjoyed your challenge immensely. And take nothing away from the effort expended in taking time out of your schedule to simultaneously appease and entertain your fans whilst raising awareness. However, I ask that you speak out against animal testing. Goodness knows that your fans hang off your every word. If a man such as you speaks out against animal testing, people will actually listen and, moreover, societal change might occur.
You can’t stand up for every cause, I know. There are only so many hours in day. You already do a lot for charities. But a few words against animal testing, mentioning the ALS but also animal testing in general, could make a difference.
Your humble fangirl, random blogger and the original Renegade Glitter Fairy,
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