'Don’t apologize to me, apologize to the lady,' Cumberbatch said to a fan who apologized to the actor for not backing up.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on August 18, 2022. It has since been updated.
Benedict Cumberbatch is well known for playing a variety of characters, including "Doctor Strange" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite his propensity for occasionally getting into mischief, the character has established himself as one of the franchise's most devoted heroes. In his regular life, Cumberbatch isn't above acts of kindness. A video of the actor defending a female fan who was requesting an autograph has been making rounds on social media. In the clip, it looks like barricades weren't sufficient to keep fans from waiting for Benedict Cumberbatch to exit a building in Times Square. As they shoved against one another, many fans appeared to be extremely disgruntled.
A female fan amid the crowd was being pushed by other fans nearby, while she was patiently waiting for Cumberbatch to appear. The actor repeatedly asked the crowd to move back and give her some space after noticing that she was in distress. When people began to apologize to the "Sherlock" actor, he requested that they do so to the female fan, reports Cinema Blend. “Back up,” the MCU star says several times. “Keep backing up,” Cumberbatch says in the clip, sternly.
Fans can be heard saying “yes, sir” until Cumberbatch focuses on the woman closest to him. “Not you, hon,” he tells her. “The people pushing you. Trying to do it for you.” “Oh, thank you, my love,” says the woman. He then looks to another male fan who may have been trying to sneak in whatever item he had to sign in and again has to issue a "back up." “I can’t sign if you’ve got it in my way.” The man seems to quickly apologize, but the actor asks him not to apologize to him. “Don’t apologize to me, apologize to the lady,” he says. Fans went gaga over this reaction of his.
It appears that Benedict Cumberbatch is a superhero just as much off-screen as he is on-screen. It's fortunate that the actor intervened to maintain order and defend the seemingly uneasy fan, and it goes on to show how empathetic he is. A rainbow-striped bag can also be seen in the later video of the actor walking away from the fans. You can't help but adore that the star is displaying his allyship with pride.
Fans were extremely impressed by the cute gesture by the Marvel actor. A fan commented below the TikTok video: "'Not you hun, the people pushing you' no I love him." Another fan goes on to say: "We love someone who stands for what’s right 🤝"
One user on Facebook wrote, "This is EXACTLY what happened a few years back with Benedict, I got pushed by a crowd and he held his arms around me to protect me as I fell forward and bellowed right in my ear for those behind me to move back as I was being squashed. He then only signed my Sherlock book in that crowd He was so loud in my left ear bless him I swear I could hear him the rest of the day." Another user wrote, "He is a hero. Comment on his rainbow bag. He is a guy who sees people not redneck politics."
This is hot everyone leave me alone https://t.co/WNyHbdHzmc— Akilah 🖤🤍💜 (@takilah805) August 3, 2022
The actor has previously said they need to battle toxic masculinity. Cumberbatch said: "We need to fix the behavior of men. You have to kind of lift the lid on the engine a little bit. I think it's ever relevant, and in a world that's questioning and ripping into and finally pointing out the inadequacies of the status quo and the patriarchy, it's even more important. You get this sort of rebellion aspect [from men today], this denial, this sort of childish defensive position of 'not all men are bad', but no, we just have to shut up and listen."