Actor Alan Cumming returns UK royal honor for Empire ‘toxicity’

Scottish actor Alan Cumming has returned a special British honor bestowed by the late Queen Elizabeth II due to his “apprehensions about the toxicity” of the British Empire, he announced on social media on Friday.

The film, TV and Broadway star who currently hosts the Peacock series “Traitors” was awarded the title of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire at an investiture ceremony in 2009.

He honored both his acting career and his “equal rights activism for the gay and lesbian community, United States,” he noted in an Instagram post Friday, on the occasion of his 58th birthday.

But he announced in the same post: “Handed in my OBE.”

“The Queen’s death and the conversations that followed about the role of the monarchy and in particular how the British Empire benefited at the expense (and death) of Indigenous peoples around the world really opened up my mind. eyes,” Cumming wrote.

He said the “great good” the OBE award “brought to the LGBTQ+ cause in 2009” before same-sex marriage was legal in the United States “is now less powerful than the apprehensions I associated with the toxicity of [the British] Empire.”

“I’ve become old Alan Cumming again. Happy birthday to me!” he wrote.

A number of artists and others have returned the same or similar honors in protest against the historic actions of the British Empire and its monarchy, as well as the policies and activities of the British government.

The four Beatles were made Members of the British Empire in 1965. But John Lennon returned his honor four years later.

“Your Majesty”, he wrote, “I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra affair, against our support for America in Vietnam and against [Lennon’s song] Cold Turkey slides down the charts.

It was signed: “With love, John Lennon”.


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