Ian McKellen Shuts Down Twitter With This Sign From The Women’s March London


There are fewer old white man friendships as funny, quirky, loved by fans, and highly political as Ian McKellen’s bromance with Patrick Stewart. The pair have a history of supporting one another and marginalized groups in ways that often go against the grain of what white men typically do. This includes, but isn’t limited to, kissing one another on the red carpet.

Both have a long history of supporting the feminist and other movements, so when Ian McKellen decided to show up to the Women’s March, London with a sign of his best friend’s infamous Captain Jean-Luc Picard face-palm, Twitter took note. After all, the popular picture has been forever enshrined in meme history.

If those risking their careers, lives and reputations to speak, protest and march against Donald Trump teach you anything, it’s that you should use your privilege to help those who don’t enjoy the opportunities your privilege affords you. Arguably, no one enjoys more privilege in this world than white people (hence the term white privilege), especially {old} white men.

Patrick Stewart has long understood his privilege and used it and his platform as a celebrity, to help people. Stewart once said:

‘People will not listen to you unless you’re an old white man and since I’m an old white man I’m going to use that to help the people who need it.’

For McKellen, as Stewart’s best friend, holding that sign is even more powerful. The picture itself represents Captain Picard showing that he is in essence, fed-up. Trump’s behavior since declaring himself a presidential candidate, as well as his subsequent Electoral College victory, has many fed-up so much that people in all 50 states and 32 countries worldwide, are protesting and marching.

For an old white man to hold a sign of an iconic old white man showing he is fed-up, sends a powerful message about the increasingly growing movement around the world’s disgust with Donald Trump. McKellen marching and holding the classic Picard face-palm picture also begs a serious and thoughtful question:  How will you use your privilege during this tense political climate of division, distrust and anger? Will you add to the hurt, or will you work to affect change?

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