British politician says replacing male heroes as women push men to crime
British MP Nick Fletcher believes that popular media replacing male characters with female counterparts push young men to commit crimes.
British Conservative MP Nick Fletcher said replacing male characters with female counterparts deprives young men of role models and thus pushes them to commit crimes.
Addressing Parliament, Fletcher said: âEverywhere, not at least in the cultural sphere, there seems to be a call from a tiny and very vocal minority that every male figure, or good role model, must have a replacement female. Just watch the discussion around the upcoming James Bond. âThe statement was greeted with a softâ Here, Here âfrom a currently unknown speaker.
“And it’s not just James Bond. In recent years we’ve seen Doctor Who, ghost hunters, Luke Skywalker, The Equalizer all replaced by women, âcontinued Fletcher. âAnd the men end up with the Krays and Tommy Shelby. We have to wonder why we see so many young men committing crimes? âFletcher’s counterexamples are references to the criminals depicted in the popular series Secrets of the Krays and Peaker Blinders.
Fletcher’s position was widely criticized on social media, as many viewed the MP’s explanation of the rising crime rates as reductive and unfounded. colleague politician MP Ruth Cadbury replied to Fletcher by tweeting: “After a decade in power, it is clear that this government is running out of ideas for tackling crime if it seeks to blame Doctor Who. “
Fletcher’s comments regarding the replacement of male characters refer to several important franchises recasting and restarting their male protagonists with a female. Perhaps the most controversial overhaul has been that of Jodi Whittaker who reprized the role of The Doctor in Doctor Who. Many viewers of the show complained that the replacement of the main character was disrespectful to the show’s long history, which spans more than 50 years. Before Whittaker, The Doctor was only played by male actors.
More recently, the talk surrounding the upcoming James Bond hints that fans of the franchise are pushing for a female version of the super spy. Speaking on the idea, Daniel Craig, who last appeared as Bond in No time to die said: “The answer to that question is very simple. There should just be better roles for women and actors of color. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be such a good role? than James Bond, but for a woman? “
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