Benedict Cumberbatch speaks to the TUC rally against spending cuts, 19 Oct 2010. (by tradesunioncongress)
I think this speech by English actor Benedict Cumberbatch should be popularized and viewed more than just over 16 000 times. What Cumberbatch addresses in his speech is a topic that Canadians and Americans must address. Why is funding for that arts being cut? What is the benefit? Who or what will be affected most? And lastly, why is this the perspective that governments have of the arts?
I, personally, am an advocate of the arts. It is important that our governments and society support the arts, because it is an area which is being greatly diminished today. If you think I’m wrong, tell me - why are secondary schools encouraging students not to pursue studying the arts? This is why. We don’t have a guaranteed 9-5 job at the end of the day, and in our society we like that security. And if funding is being cut, more than likely our career opportunities (security) are cut as well.