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Left Wing Luvvie Mark Rylance–Hypocrite Of The Month

June 24, 2019

By Paul Homewood



Oscar-winning actor Sir Mark Rylance has resigned from the Royal Shakespeare Company in protest at the organisation’s sponsorship deal with oil giant BP.

Sir Mark, 59, is one of Britain’s most respected stage actors, has appeared in dozens of Shakespeare stage productions, and has been associated with the Company (RSC) for 30 years.

But in a resignation letter, he said he was quitting because of the organisation’s relationship with the ‘world-killing’ company, which it has been sponsored by since 2011. 

Sir Mark, 59, is one of Britain's most respected stage actors and has appeared in dozens of Shakespeare stage productions. Above: Sir Mark portrays Richard III at the Globe Theatre in 2012

Sir Mark, who has portrayed numerous characters from Shakespeare’s plays, including Richard III and the female Olivia in Twelfth Night, likened BP to an ‘arms dealer’ in his statement.

In an article published in The Guardian, he said: ‘I recently let the RSC know that I feel I must resign as I do not wish to be associated with BP any more than I would with an arms dealer, a tobacco salesman or anyone who wilfully destroys the lives of others alive or unborn. Nor, I believe, would William Shakespeare.

He continued: ‘The RSC will continue pushing BP’s brand on to a generation of young people who have – in huge numbers through the ongoing school strikes – told adults they need to step up their response to the climate crisis now.

‘Surely the RSC wants to be on the side of the world-changing kids, not the world-killing companies?’


Mark Rylance has a penchant for dressing up in silly trousers. He also seems to labour under the delusion that people have the slightest interest in anything he does or says.

Unfortunately most of the newspapers have not got the message.

Rylance is your archetypical leftie luvvie, Stop the War Coalition, Taxes for Peace Not War and the like.

His socialist views, however, don’t seem to apply to his private life, during which he has accumulated an estimated net wealth of $10 million.

Now he has the wicked BP in his sights.

Now I have no he would not dream of being hypocritical enough to use fossil fuels in his private life. Despite his wealth, I am sure he never travels by car, uses a taxi, heats his home or buys anything made with the help of fossil fuels.

But three years ago, he appeared on stage in New York, in a play directed by his wife.



And that was not just a one off. The following year, Rylance was back on Broadway with his new play:


Now the last time I checked, New York is separated from Britain, where Rylance lives, by a big, blue wobbly thing called the Atlantic Ocean.

Unless he rowed across, I think we can safely assume that our hypocritical Mr Rylance either flew or went by ship.

And it was not just him who went to New York. The Farinelli production on Broadway featured all of the cast from the London play, along with the props.

Quite a sizeable carbon footprint, I would say!

Luvvies caught out this way always argue that they have to fly around the world because of “work”. This is of course utter bilge. The likes of Rylance are rich enough not to have to travel abroad for work.

As ever, it is one rule for them and another for us.

Congratulations, Mark! You are the proud winner of the Hypocrite of the Month Award.

  1. Robert Fairless permalink
    June 24, 2019 6:12 pm

    What a silly man!

  2. Gamecock permalink
    June 24, 2019 6:23 pm

    “likened BP to an ‘arms dealer’”

    Mark sleeps well at night because people with arms are protecting him.

    Mark is decadent. He attacks that which keeps him alive. No BP or equivalent and he’d be dead within a month. No food, no water, no electricity.

    • June 24, 2019 7:32 pm

      These luvvies have never had a rational or original thought; they merely trot out the words written for them by (more) original thinkers. In the good old days these idiots and the warblers of this world would sing/play for scraps of the really powerful.

      • June 24, 2019 7:36 pm

        Should have been ‘…from the really…’

      • Gerry, England permalink
        June 25, 2019 1:46 pm

        Or they only make sense when somebody else tells them what to say, how to say it and where to say it. On their own the likes of Rylance, Thompson et al are just drivelling idiots.

  3. MJJ< Exeter permalink
    June 24, 2019 6:24 pm

    Funny how the Guardian reading ‘Champagne Socialists’, often attached to entertainment sector, usually stashed with cash and often quite keen to flout their knighthoods, like to fly around the world claiming they are the God’s gift to mankind. Most certainly, a suitable recipient for the Hypocrite Grammy Award, if ever there was one!

  4. June 24, 2019 6:40 pm

    Dear Mr. Homewood: I really appreciate your posts. You are a beacon of sanity in a mad world. Thank you for your clear understanding of current climate and energy issues. I am constantly annoyed by the ignorance foisted upon our rising generations by a corrupted educational system. I don’t see much hope for humanity thriving in the future. The absurd wind machines which blight our landscapes, the solar farms which produce energy only during daytime, and nobody realizing that fossil fuels are essential for ore extraction, ore refining, most manufacturing, cement, fibreglass, all plastics, polyesters, fuels, etc.

  5. howardpaul permalink
    June 24, 2019 6:41 pm

    Why anyone should ever pay any attention to anyone who dresses up in funny trousers and speaks other people’s lines is beyond me. But especially, I don’t “get” Mark Rylance. He always seemed amateur and incomprehensible at the Globe: his Cromwell in Wolf Hall was disastrous misinterpretation of the character, and Nice Fish was boring drivel, poorly acted. But I suppose we should respect any man who must have rowed across the Atlantic to play a carbon neutral part in Farenelli and the King. Well done Mark.

  6. bobn permalink
    June 24, 2019 6:46 pm

    He’s a rubbish actor as well. Every role he plays in the same deadpan dull style. He’s long been on my list of actors too boring to bother to watch. Now I have another reason to avoid his amateur theatrics.

  7. Ajax Ornis permalink
    June 24, 2019 6:47 pm

    Dear Brain Dead Sir Mark,,

    Taking due note of all the above, can you please tell us what is so different now, about BP subsidising your earnings, that did not apply in 2011, when their sponsorship started ?
    While you are answering questions, why might you think that your Stella acting performances, pretending to be someone else, mean that we, your adoring public, want to hear, far less agree with, your childish “political” claimed views ?

    We do not.

    And, are you in the slightest bit concerned to know what BP have been doing and researching and investing in over the past decade ? Obviously not, because you are too busy showing off on some stage or another.

    Please give us a break from your ill informed luvvie nonsense. PLEASE?

  8. John Ormandy permalink
    June 24, 2019 6:57 pm

    Someone wrote this well.

    “Dear Celebrities,

    You exist for my entertainment. Some of you are great eye candy. Some of you can deliver a line with such conviction that you bring tears to my eyes. Some of you can scare the crap out of me. Others make me laugh. But you all have one thing in common, you only have a place in my world to entertain me. That’s it.

    You make your living pretending to be someone else. Playing dress up like a 6 year old. You live in a make believe world in front of a camera. And often when you are away from one too. Your entire existence depends on my patronage.

    I’ll crank the organ grinder; you dance.

    I don’t really care where you stand on issues. Honestly, your stance matters far less to me than that of my neighbour. You see, you aren’t real. I turn off my TV or shut down my computer and you cease to exist in my world. Once I am done with you, I can put you back in your little box until I want you to entertain me again.

    I don’t care that you think that oil company executives deserve the death penalty. But I bet you looked cute saying it.

    And you? Really? I’m supposed to care what the director of fluffy tripe made for gullible people thinks about global warming or gun control? Get back into your bubble. I’ll let you know when I’m in the mood for something blue and shiny.

    And I’m also supposed to care that you approve/disapprove of Trump/Clinton? Ha.

    Make me laugh, or cry. Scare me. But realize that the only words of yours that matter are scripted. I might agree with some of you from time to time, but it doesn’t matter. In my world, you exist solely for my entertainment

    So, shut your mouth and dance, monkey!”

    • Bertie permalink
      June 24, 2019 9:00 pm

      I trust that you addressed this excellent polemic to the letters editor of the Guardian.

  9. Stonyground permalink
    June 24, 2019 7:01 pm

    Actually, I don’t have a problem with tobacco companies. Nobody forces people to smoke and those who do know the risks. As for oil companies, if you don’t like them, don’t use their products, and good luck with that.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      June 25, 2019 3:14 pm

      I think is fair to see tobacco behaved badly. They hid the evidence for both addiction and cancer, then spent years claiming they hadn’t. Now though we all know the risks, so what’s the problem?

      Rylance is just a pr**ck. No doubt he drinks – plenty of harm from that – and still buys and uses fossil fuels all the time. He pretends that’s somehow forced on him because governments havent forced markets to produce alternatives, but that’s just stupidity – if there were better/cheaper alternatives we would be using them.

      Just a show-off ignorant baby.

  10. June 24, 2019 7:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

    • Barbara Elsmore permalink
      June 24, 2019 8:28 pm

      Hot off the Press – John McDonnell has confirmed Labour plans to delist from the London Stock Exchange any company that “fails” to address the climate change crisis.

      In a speech to City leaders and hosted by lobbying group UK Finance, the shadow chancellor said that regulation was necessary to “divert investment away from fossil fuels”.

      This effort required legislation to ensure that companies could be stripped of their London listings if necessary, he added.

      “This means that when we delist companies that fail to meet environmental criteria from the London Stock Exchange, investors can be confident that their money is not going on making the world uninhabitable for their children,” Mr McDonnell said.

      Look out BP!

      • bobn permalink
        June 24, 2019 8:49 pm

        What a moron McDonnell is.
        So he forces BP to leave London, taking their investment billions with them to maybe New York, where they already have a parallel listing. They then pay their £100s Millions in taxes to the US Govt instead of UK and pay dividends via the USA rather than UK. Meanwhile i continue to invest in their shares via my New York account. So what will he achieve other than an own goal that harms the UK economy?
        McDonnell would impoverish the UK if he ever got his hands on the power levers.
        Yep, he’s definitely a moron!

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        June 25, 2019 3:18 pm

        Why can investors not make that choice now? And he’ll need to deal with the bond markets and banks if he wants to stop investments – BP and Shell don’t use equity capital calls much if at all.

  11. Paul H permalink
    June 24, 2019 9:36 pm

    bobn, impoverishing the UK is the object of the exercise, as is the thrust of all these cultural marxists-Corbyn et al.

  12. June 24, 2019 10:40 pm

    McDonnell’s words and threats are consistent with the Nazi methods in 1930s+ Germany. You only have to replace the word “Jews” with “CO2 Emissions” and the message is the same.
    The Marxist agenda is of similar ilk; both use coercion, subtle or otherwise to advance their thirst for power.
    History is clear that the “otherwise’ aspect is the always the result and therein lies the ultimate danger.

    • June 24, 2019 11:19 pm

      Very good catch. Go after the enemies of the State…any one could be a denier.

  13. roger permalink
    June 24, 2019 10:55 pm

    Why do actors and actresses have any more standing than butchers bakers and candlestick makers?
    We don’t run the credits for our Sunday joint nor for our daily bread, so why lionise these t#ssers?

  14. June 24, 2019 11:18 pm

    It would appear his stage lights, sets and paychecks were all powered by fossil fueled electricity. I’m sure Shakespeare had a character based on Rylance. They’ve been around since long before Will S. lit some wick over 500 years ago.

  15. Coeur de Lion permalink
    June 25, 2019 8:19 am

    He’s Like Cumberbatch who is another lefty proselytising actor. He joins the Synod of the Church of England which is disinvesting in fossil fuels instead of promoting use in sub Saharan Africa where 53% of the world’s population without electricity live. The cruel bastards.

  16. europeanonion permalink
    June 25, 2019 8:27 am

    No loss. An arch bowdleriser who has done Shakespeare so much harm in the past. The Bard is far safer since he declined BP. If his views relating to the alteration of great plays (to suit his conception of modern day society) are anything to go by we would expect him to have an ear permanently attached to Metropolitan gossip. It’s good that the greatest playwright in history came from the ‘sticks’ as the different perspective he brought with him lit-up his narratives. Perhaps modern day London and its cliques should listen more and expurgate less.

  17. June 25, 2019 8:53 am

    Logic is not his strongest suit it would seem. Just another of the ‘do as I say not as I do’ phoney virtue-signalling brigade.

  18. Coeur de Lion permalink
    June 25, 2019 2:53 pm

    Further to. Melanie Phillips in today’s Times gives Rylance a hammering – “virtue signalling is vanity” and her piece also carries quite a few words against the Narrative. Well done her.

  19. waterside4 permalink
    June 25, 2019 8:29 pm

    One of the things which most (if not all) commenters on here do not relalise is that BP has gone over to the dark side.
    They are fully committed members of the global warming cabal and are investing vast amounts of my pension funds in various scams associated with the alarmists.
    I am in receipt of a BP pension, and if I could afford to refuse it because of their attachment to the Warmists – I would. Unfortunately, unlike this parasite who I have never heard of, I cannot afford to disassociate myself from my index linked old age sustenance.

  20. Rambling Don Trumpo permalink
    June 26, 2019 2:03 pm

    To give credit where it’s due, Rylance’s virtue-signalling antennae are better tuned than those of an earlier generation of actors. The RSC thesps once threw a hissy fit over the invitation of apartheid-era South Africa’s ambassador to Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations in Stratford. Meanwhile, they blithely trousered the sponsorship of an insurance group doing business through a subsidiary in that country.

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