Slavery built the Cumberbatch fortune, which at its height in the mid-18th century made them one of Britainâs wealthiest families, owning at least seven Barbados sugar plantations and a stately home near Taunton, Somerset.
" Cumberbatch has also revealed that his mother, the actress Wanda Ventham, had urged him not to use his real surname professionally, in case it made him a target for reparation claims by the descendants of slaves."
They knew, they knew where they came from, and still DO benefit from slavery white supremacy, and they don’t want to have to give that up, or what they think is worst, give back. I have no sympathy for him or his family. I hate his face, and see through this thinly veiled attempt at making an attempt at shredding light on the atrocities that his ancestors committed.
I am not protecting his ancestors or what they did because it was truly horrible and unforgivable but Benedict himself didn’t have slaves or anything, he didn’t decided for his ancestors to have slaves and have them himself because he DIDN’T. Anything in his family’s past is NOT his as he wasn’t even alive. Pinning all of this onto him isn’t fair as most well off British family’s would’ve had slaves yet no one’s shedding light on their past? He tried to make right for something HE, PERSONALLY, Didn’t do, and he kept his last name, against his mother’s wishes, and I think that was a really brave thing to do. He shouldn’t have tabloids - and pathetic people who are looking for any reason to hate him - pin this to him when it WASN’T HIM that was involved in slavery, it was his ancestors.
you say ‘ancestors’ implying this happened a thousand years ago
like did you miss the part when his fucking mom told him not to use his real name so she wouldn’t have to pay reparations
that is some racist shit and you should not defend it
I did some digging for other sources on this (because… Daily Mail) and apparently even the stage name he used to use because he was ‘ashamed’ of the associations with Cumberbatch (Carlton) was inherited through his slave-owning ancestors
I just…. urgh D:
At least one chapter also revolves around a darkly-intriguing sex scandal. For one of Benedict’s wealthy ancestors, a plantation owner called Lawrence Trent Cumberbatch, ended up fathering a child through an extra-marital affair with one of his female slaves.
(for real tho can we not white wash these actions. dude was a rapist, on top of everything else D:)
You’re all racist