Women “replace” men on the screen and lead boys into crime, says Tory MP.
Women who traditionally take on male television and film roles leave young British men vulnerable to a life of crime, one Conservative MP has suggested.
Nick Fletcher claimed the lack of heroic male role models – citing an actress who took on the lead role Doctor Who and that purely feminine Ghost hunters Reboot – had left young men idolizing violent antiheroes.
During a debate on International Men’s Day in parliament, the Tory MP lamented the demands “of a small but very vocal minority that every male character or every good role model must have a female replacement”.
He told MPs: “You just have to watch the discussion about who will play the next James Bond. And it’s not just James Bond – in the past few years we’ve seen Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Luke Skywalker … all being replaced by women. “
Mr. Fletcher added, “Men stay with the Krays and Tommy Shelby. Is it not surprising that we see so many young men committing crimes? “
Don Valley MP said drama programs like Peaky Blinders, with previously mentioned gangster Tommy Shelby, “made crime look cool”. He added, “Trust me – life in prison is not cool.”
Mr Fletcher said the growing concern about sexual harassment has shown itself in “how vulnerable young women feel in many situations and that is clearly not right”.
But the Tory backbencher said he wanted “men to have their own identities and masculinity that are sometimes celebrated – rather than denigrated”.
He added, “When a young boy hears that masculinity is constantly associated with toxicity in social discourse, it’s no wonder so many suffer from feelings of worthlessness and isolation.”
During the debate at Westminster Hall, SNP MP Gavin Newlands said the idea of International Men’s Day was “anathema to me” and added, “It’s a pretty cruel joke made in response to feminism, women’s rights and International Women’s Day was invented.”
Mr Newlands added that international days are best suited for “the oppressed, the underprivileged or those facing inequality”. But the MP said he accepted that the people involved in International Men’s Day are doing so “for the best of reasons”.
Speculation about Daniel Craig’s replacement and the possibility of a female bond has been rife since the star confirmed he would retire from the franchise – but producer Barbara Broccoli has repeatedly dashed the idea of a woman to star.
Even so, Boris Johnson recently insisted that the next James Bond “must be” a man. “I think it has to be a man, to be honest. That’s my view, ”he said last month.
Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove has also said the next Bond should be a man, ridiculing Sir Keir Starmer’s suggestion for a woman to take over as 007. The Labor leader said in September: “I don’t have a favorite Bond, but I think it’s time for a female Bond.”