MP under fire after speech linking female leads in Doctor Who and Star Wars to males committing crime

MP under fire after speech linking female leads in Doctor Who and Star Wars to males committing crime

By Michael Upton | 26/11/2021

MP under fire after speech linking female leads in Doctor Who and Star Wars to males committing crime

 

AN OUTSPOKEN MP went viral for the second time in weeks after linking the casting of a female actor as Doctor Who with rising crime.

Nick Fletcher, who represents Conisbrough and Denaby as part of his Don Valley patch, spoke at the the International Men’s Day debate in Westminster Hall and highlighted a series of concerns about lack of education, homelessness and crime rates.

But it was a section where he decried the recasting of women in TV and films roles previously played by men that saw him mocked on social media.

“There seems to be a call from a tiny, yet very vocal minority that every male character or good role model must have a female replacement,” Mr Fletcher (pictured) said.

“There only needs to be a discussion around who is the next James Bond.

“It’s not just James Bond, in recent years we have seen Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Luke Skywalker, The Equalizer, all replaced by women.

“Men are left with the Krays and Tommy Shelby. Is there any wonder we are seeing so many young men committing crimes?

“Men are left with the Krays and Tommy Shelby. Is there any wonder we are seeing so many young men committing crimes?

“These programmes make crime look cool.

“Trust me a lifetime in prison is not cool and neither is living with the memory of a stabbed son or daughter.”

As well as an all-female Ghostbuster film and the casting of Daisy Ridley as Star Wars’ hero Rey, recent years have seen Jodie Whittaker taking over as The Doctor and Queen Latifah starring in The Equalizer TV spin-off.

Mr Fletcher was widely mocked on Twitter for his comments, which came only a fortnight after rivals accusing him of “faking” a constituency visit by posting a selfie he had used almost a year ago.

But he later hit back in a statement on the same platform, saying “my rather nuanced point that there are increasingly fewer positive male role models for young boys was almost immediately misconstrued”.

The under-fire MP read: “I was pleased to speak at the International Men’s Day debate today, especially as it gave me a chance to raise several points that are often a little overlooked within political discourse.

“These points namely touched upon poor academic attainment of boys in schools and a lack of positive role models for many struggling young males in society.

“Naturally, as is often the case, my rather nuanced point that there are increasingly fewer positive male role models for young boys was almost immediately misconstrued”.

“My point was, in fact, a straightforward one and in no way linked to Dr Who being a female to crime being committed by men.

“As alluded to earlier in my speech, teachers, parents and carers need to teach young men and boys that makes can make a positive difference.

“Promoting this can be done through various means, including through films and programmes.

“Yet something often not discussed is that the only characters many boys with no good make role models in their lives seen on television and online are increasingly criminal.

"For whatever reasons, there appears to be a certain squeamishness when pointing out that when a boy’s role models are all violent criminals (fictional or not), this negatively influences how they view masculinity and what it means to be a man.

“As has been alleged rather lazily by several individuals, I did not link a Dr Who being female to crime being commitment by men.

“In fact, I was making a statement that boys and young men also need positive role models within the media, just as women do.

“Boys need positive make role models, and that is a point that I will continue to reiterate and never apologise for making.”

A Liberal Democrats spokesperson said: “It seems Nick Fletcher has stepped into the TARDIS and taken a trip back to the 1950s, where his attitude belongs.”

And campaigning lawyer Nazir Afzal invited Mr Fletcher to a debate on the topic, saying: “I will come to lovely Doncaster to debate the issue of role models for boys.

“I will show you that it’s the women in my life and in society who have most impacted on me positively.

“I will prove that it’s your government’s policies that have increased crime.”



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