Tory MP says young men are turning to crime because “Dr Who, Ghostbusters and Luke Skywalker have been replaced by WOMEN and men are ending up with the Krays and Tommy Shelby” as he calls for the masculinity is “celebrated rather than constantly vilified”
- Nick Fletcher spoke during a debate in the House of Commons on International Men’s Day
- Related crimes committed by men with a multitude of roles assumed by women
- He pointed to Dr Who, the Ghostbusters and Rey Skywalker from Star Wars
Young men are turned to a life of criminality because Dr Who is a woman, a Tory MP suggested today.
Nick Fletcher used a debate on International Men’s Day – which took place on November 19 – to lament the lack of positive male role models on the big screen.
And he made a connection between crimes committed by young men with a myriad of previously male onscreen roles portrayed in a positive light being taken over or replaced by women in the lead.
Among those he cited were Dr Who, whose latest time-traveling incarnation is Jodie Whittaker, the Ghostbusters – whose original all-male team was replaced by an all-female team for a reboot in 2016 – and Luke Skywalker being replaced by Daisy Ridley’s Rey.
He said more positive male role models could help tackle violence against women and girls, the vast majority of whom are perpetrated by men and boys.
Speaking in a debate at Westminster Hall this afternoon, he said: “Everywhere, especially in the cultural sphere, there seems to be a call from a tiny, but very vocal minority, that every male character or good role model must. have a female replacement.
“Just look at the discussion around who will play the next James Bond.
“And it’s not just James Bond. In recent years we’ve seen Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Luke Skywalker, the Equalizer, all replaced by women.
“And the men end up with the Krays and Tommy Shelby.
“Is it any wonder we see so many young men committing crimes?”
“These programs make crime cool. Believe me, life in prison is not cool and living with the memory of a stabbed son or daughter either.
Nick Fletcher used a debate on International Men’s Day to lament the lack of positive male role models on the big screen.
Among those he cited was Dr Who, whose latest incarnation is Jodie Whittaker, pictured above
He said: “The last few years we’ve seen Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Luke Skywalker, the Equalizer, all replaced by women (Daisy Ridley as Rey Skywalker, above)
Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman Alistair Carmichael said: “It looks like Nick Fletcher walked into the TARDIS and took a trip to the 1950s, where his attitude belongs.
“The Conservatives are so desperate to pass the buck for their failure to fight crime and keep our communities safe that they even blame Doctor Who.”
Mr Fletcher’s comments came as he led the debate on International Men’s Day at Westminster Hall.
The member for Don Valley highlighted the difficulties faced by young boys – many of whom are “behind” in school.
He stressed the need for boys to have “positive” male role models and urged the government to support efforts to encourage more men to become teachers.
Mr Fletcher also told the debate: “I would also like to reiterate something that seems to be relevant at the moment – although much more for women than for men – and that is the need for men to have their own identity and that masculinity be something that can be celebrated at times rather than continually vilified.
Mr Fletcher also earlier called on boys to “have their own clubs – just as girls need theirs”.
He said: “Indeed, it’s a wonderful thing that women’s football is on TV, it’s great that female tennis stars are finally starting to get paid as much as their male counterparts, and as a daddy. ‘a girl myself, I want to applaud all those who have corrected this wrong and the hundreds of other injustices.’
In the 2016 Ghostbusters movie, the original main cast (below) was replaced with an all-female team – though they all had cameos
Mr Fletcher said: “The men end up with the Krays (played by Tom Hardy in Legend, above) and Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy, below).” Is it any wonder we see so many young men commit crimes?