Benedict Cumberbatch has all of the wisdom needed when it comes to growing up as a teenager in an increasingly sophisticated and challenging world. At least he thinks he does anyway.
During an interview with Sophia Grace Brownlee, the 41-year-old actor dished on what he thinks is some of the most difficult situations to deal with growing up.
According to Benedict, dealing with bullies is just one of those. As for how to handle them, the actor told the interviewer that a young person has to “meet it with love;” empathize with that person.
He explained, “you have to understand why people often want to damage other people is because they’re damaged themselves.” Cumberbatch claims if a victim of bullying could just turn the mirror around on the perpetrator, they could see what’s wrong and stop.
And while that sounds like nice enough advice for it to be featured on a Hallmark card, some on social media aren’t buying it. One person wrote, “Yeah, when my son is literally fighting kids off of him who are trying to stuff his body into a locker, it’s all about just ‘turning that mirror around a little bit.'”
And when it comes to children fraternizing with each other, Benedict had advice for how young boys should go about meeting young girls.
He said, “respect, just respect, equality.” Cumberbatch said boys need to learn to offer a seat at the table, to not exclude, and “learn what you can.”
There you have it, that’s how you pick up girls according to Cumberbatch. It’s all about equality and respect, same with dealing with violent bullies. Treat them with respect.