Could Benedict Cumberbatch Be The Next Feminist Ryan Gosling Meme?
I think that 2012 could really be the year of the hot geek guys. You've got fans petitioning to make Tom Hiddleston People‘s Sexiest Man Alive, but we can't forget about another shy guy who's won us over with his starring role in the BBC series Sherlock: Benedict Cumberbatch! You know that the guy is going mainstream when he's featured in InStyle UK's August 2012 issue. The print version doesn't seem to be out yet, but a few tech-savvy fans have shared the profile online.
Like Tom Hiddleston, Benedict comes off as very humble; he's worked for a decade in “the biz” before his career took off, and yet he still seems surprised at his sudden fame. Especially when it comes to 2012's estimation of fame—i.e., how many adoring fans are reblogging .gifs of you on Tumblr and giving themselves a sexually suggestive nickname. This part of the interview stood out to me:
The show also earned him the unofficial status of thinking woman's pin-up and a Twitter fan account — @Cumberbitches — with more than 26,000 followers. “I wish my 15-year-old self had known about my allure to the opposite sex!” he says. “It's flattering, though I worry about what it says for feminism, it's quite a pejorative term… Cumberbabes might be better.”
Look at this guy! So sweet and worried about the implications of what his fans call themselves. His is certainly one of the more on-the-nose fanbase names I've heard; Beliebers, Selenators, Directioners, and even Hiddlestoners are tame in comparison. He's actually already talked about his fanbase in this February interview:
Benedict has already launched at least one meme — Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch — but I wonder if we could be on the cusp of a new take on the Feminist Ryan Gosling meme. After all, that one started with screenshots of Ryan engrossed in thought crossed with feminist text. Whereas here Benedict has literally handed us the quote we'd need!
Something to think about. In the meantime, you gotta love what a good sport he is about one of the downsides of becoming mainstream: Getting probed about his love life. Kudos to the reporter for admitting how awkward it is to ask someone who doesn't make a habit of being in the public eye about who he's sleeping with.
Is he enjoying bachelorhood? “Yes and no. I have a sort of clock ticking. I'd really like to be a dad before I'm 40, but at the same time, I'm in this weird territory where people know me before I know them.” He recently completed a boys' road trip up the US west coast to San Francisco with an old friend. “It was the most amazing five days of my life,” he says. “Though we kept spotting divorced bachelors in their Mustangs cruising behind us and thought, ‘Oh no, we're a cliché!'”
Sigh. Look how self-aware this guy is.