Benedict Cumberbatch, suited & bespectacled in London: would you hit it?

Here are some photos of Benedict Cumberbatch in London a few nights ago at the launch of a new restaurant, City Social. Benedict and David Gandy were both in attendance, which made it a good night for dong. I guess Benedict is in NYC now though – there’s a photo going around of Benedict in purple pants (!!) and the beloved denim shirt arriving at JFK. Dear Benedict: are you going to the Met Gala? PLEASE.

As for these photos… I do like Benedict in glasses. He’s got a sort of Clark Kent vibe happening. With the glasses, he’s an English gentleman. Without the glasses, he’s Benny the Womb Destructor. I wear glasses fairly regularly, and I do have some questions about his frames. I think they might be too big for his face? But yeah, otherwise, he’s still my Cumby. I think it’s adorable that some of you try to claim him. Those Cumbercurls belong to me.

As for Sherlock and when we will ever get to see a resolution to the clusterwhoops that happened in Episode 3, Season 3, Mark Gatiss recently proclaimed that we would have to wait until 2016. Seriously. Gatiss says that’s probably the earliest everybody could get together. Dear Mark Gatiss: I hate you.

Photos courtesy of Getty.

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  1. T.fanty says:

    He isn’t going to the Met Gala: he heard about the interesting looking envelope I received in the mail yesterday and is here to watch me open it.

  2. Jen says:

    His head looks more elongated than usual, like its been placed in a stretching device.

    So no, I would not hit that in any sexual manner whatsoever.

  3. GeeMoney says:

    Love him… but that pic of him in the purple pants… OMG. No man should own a pair of pants that color.

    Seriously… CAN I BE HIS STYLIST ALREADY?!?!?!? His wardrobe choices are killing me.

    • AG-UK says:

      Lord what and how many layers of clothing is he wearing in that JFK photo at least no white socks that I can see. Your job will be cut out for you… He must be staying a while or going elsewhere as he has too many bags for quick trip for a few days.

      • T.fanty says:

        I have a theory that he’s got so much booked this weekend, he’s wearing all of his clothes so that he can shed them, layer by layer, as he hurried from one event to the next. Kind of like Superman, actually.

        What will be really impressive is that upon leaving my envelope opening on Sunday evening (spoiler: it’s a wedding invite), he’ll start spinning really fast, and when he emerges out of his jorts-and-tshirt-colored blur, he’ll be wearing a tuxedo that none of us realized was under there.

      • GeeMoney says:

        My job may be cut out for me… but it’s ok! I’m only 4 hours away from him! I’m in DC. I could take a train up to NYC this weekend and HELP HIM OUT!

      • Green Girl says:

        I gave up counting how many layers he was wearing when I got to “four.” I’m feeling sweaty just thinking about wearing so many layers simultaneously.

        On another note, I strongly, strongly suspect this PR stuff is laying the groundwork for Oscar buzz for the Turing film, as posited by another commenter above.

      • AG-UK says:

        Aaah I wish I was on the E Coast now it’s miserable and dreary here. I don’t blame him I’d flee too. In that outfit he is prepared for anything he can be out all day and not worry as he will have whatever he needs on his person. If he is going to the Met Gala and wearing some designer they have probably paid to get him there like they do the others unless you live in NY.

    • Tatjana says:

      My Latin teacher had trousers that colour. They also had a zip on the back instead on the front.
      He also had long hair and a beard, and a very funny voice. He looked like a feminine hipster Jesus.
      Benny doesn’t quite pull them off the way my teacher did.

  4. Sarah says:

    He looks like a middle aged Harry potter ( in a good way) !

  5. blue marie says:

    I have a pair of glasses almost exactly like those. (little smaller)

  6. The New Classic says:

    It is amazing to me that he looks so damn good in suits at official events and then BOOM! You get the outfit that he is wearing at the airport. It’s like he has no concept of how to mix clothing. I find it endearing but I’d be the first to volunteer to dress him everyday.

    • MissMary says:

      I think he looks so good for most official events because he has help either choosing the outfits or actually dressing (Poor Em–I bet it’s her, handing him his cufflinks and reminding him to zip up and being just mortified she has to help Uncle Cumby look all grown up) and for non-official stuff, he’s on his own and he just puts on whatever’s cleanest.

      • Green Girl says:

        Exactly! I do think he knows what looks good on him, but can’t be bothered if he’s just running around town. I am sure he gets casual apparel from designers, too, but I think it’s cute that he still wants to wear stuff that’s a few years old.

    • Nighty says:

      He has help for official events, plus it’s simpler, suit, shirt, tie… On a daily basis h has no ideas what he’s doing… definitely!! Don’t like the glasses, make his eyes look smaller, and they’re too big for his face…
      I love him as an actor, but he has no fashion style whatsoever.. in that department Hiddles is better.. slightly…

      • Isadora says:

        The smaller eyes with glasses are the curse of short sighted people. *sigh* And honestly, Hiddles could never look like Cumby in that airport pic because he doesn’t own enough clothes.

      • Nighty says:

        @Isadora and rest of the gang, we should team up, gather and take those two boys shopping and give them some lessons on how to dress properly in all ocasions, whether it’s suit and tie or just casual wear, airports, beaches, etc…..How about it?

      • Nighty says:

        @Isadora, it’s true Hiddles lacks clothes, especially in the underwear department, in that I agree with you!!

      • Isadora says:

        I’m afraid we would take them shopping, usher them into the changing rooms and… well… never get them dressed again. (I take Hiddles!)

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Neither of them know how to dress on their own. When others are in charge and there are free suits in the offing, instant glamour. Left to their own devices…. Well, you can see for yourselves.

      • Intro Outro says:

        Nah, i think Hiddles is better off in casual clothes department than Cumby. Mostly because he seems to be always going for traditional safe colour combos and classic/sporty style. Doesn’t take chances. We’ll discount that luminescent yellow skiing thingy ;) Cumby is obviously more…risky, hehehe

      • Isadora says:

        Intro, we also need to discount Hiddles’ running cap. Because while the skiing pants were outrageous, but still funny, the running cap is just awful imho.

        I still have to think of this horse race thing (?) where Cumby and Hiddles have been together and both wore the weirdest things (esp. Hiddles’ tie and Cumby’s… well.. whole outfit). And the guy next to them too. So maybe it’s a British horse race thing – wear something ludicrous and you’ll be lucky lol.

    • Nighty says:

      Naughty Isadora…. It’s just taking them shopping… Besides the dressing rooms are not private enough… after taking them back home, they would try the clothes on and striptease for us…. Humm.. Hiddles stripteasing while snake moving hips…
      *that fantasy is mine, can’t steal it… consider yourself warned* …

      • Isadora says:

        Ah… privacy is overrated if you can get Hiddles. Maybe I’m just worried that he will run and hide from me on the way home, so I don’t want to take any chances. *g*

      • Nighty says:

        He wouldn’t run away…. He’s so adorkable that he wouldn’t do it… It would hurt his fan’s feelings (yours in this case) and he’s uncapable of such.. Plus… He likes everything that walks and wouldn’t refuse sex anytime, anywhere.. Why do you think he always goes commando at parties???

  7. PunkyMomma says:

    Of course I’d still hit it! My Near-Sighted Otter, my Otter.

  8. Lindy79 says:

    Yes, yes and oh…yes.

    Loving his hair at the moment.

  9. Peach says:


  10. Abby_J says:

    Normally I don’t get the Cumberbatch thing, but god help me the dude is growing on me like a fungus.

    I even kind of like the purple pants outfit, but I’d NEVER want to be seen in public with him in it.

  11. Hello Kitty says:

    Cumby! I’ve missed you! Won’t you please come to Toronto to visit?

  12. Mia says:

    I’ll keep the answer short and simple: always.

  13. Miss Scarlet says:

    He was at the afterparty of ‘The Double’ last night. There are pics on a couple of the Cumby blogs.

  14. InvaderTak says:

    Somebody give him a sock monkey and see what he does.

    • 'P'enny says:

      He will probably give it straight back with a, “what do you expect me to do with that?” sassy sneer.

      • Hello Kitty says:

        But he’ll still have touched it! Still counts!

      • 'P'enny says:

        Well depends, he might not, he might just look at the fan and go, ‘ save it for hiddles, he likes them, he want’s more of them for making bunkies.*’

        *secret squirrel’s name for Bunny and Sock Monkey’s babies.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Oh, I think Benny would not be pleased with a sock monkey. Socks are for wearing on the feet or stuffing down the trousers, not for making toys… Practical man my Ben.

        TH on the other hand does not require any assistance in the trouser-stuffing department and is therefore okay with socks being used more frivolously.

      • Nighty says:

        Lol Secret Squirrel, have to agree with your comment on Hiddles, he definitely doesn’t need socks, except for his feet, the upper department seems to be very well covered…
        Ben would probably give the sock bunkie to one of his friends’ children… I suppose…
        though sometimes he does give his fans some sassy (*looks mischievously*) remarks.. I mean Tom is the one hanging out with RDJ and Ben is the one who has learnt to be sassy…

        We need to ask RDJ to give some piece of advice to our tommy on how to put the fans in their place (the nutjob cases of course, not us… we’re the exceptions… *lol*)

      • jammypants says:

        I bet RDJ unfollowed Tommy boy because his fans were so annoying.

      • Nighty says:

        Really? He unfollowed him on twitter?? You’re referring to twitter right?
        Ouch… That must have hurt Tommy’s ego..

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        RDJ unfollowed him?? Whhhhhhhhaaaaaa?? I thought one hand always washes the other. Whhhhhhaaaaaa?

      • Intro Outro says:

        Poor Tom must have had a TANTRUM! Never mind that Stephen Fry, Gaiman, Whedon, Wheatley, Gatiss and i don’t know who else follows him. Robert Downey f*cking JUNIOR unfollowed him! The horror! ;P

        Oh and RDJ already has more followers than Tommy managed to scrape up during several years! Tommy must be wailing in agony xD

        Now that i think about it, i wonder what Hiddles looks like when he’s having a tantrum. Has anyone actually seen him angry or pissed in real life? It must be hard to always maintain his unicorny sunshiny image lol.

      • 'P'enny says:

        something tells me RDJ un-followed Tom by mistake, he was one of the first he followed when he started up his account. Unless he got jealous by Ruffalo’s sweet exchange with Tom.

        I bet when Hiddles gets back to London he will gate crash that Avengers set for a party. Probably make him re-follow him then.

        I would give me right arm to see Tom have a tantrum and get angry, just don’t think it’s in him. He’s a man that rather sulks than clear the air, I have no doubt of that.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Somehow, I suspect the two of them have figured out how to communicate with one another by using email, text messages, actual telephone conversations, smoke signals, carrier pigeons, and snail mail. Doubtful that Twitter is their only means of communication, especially since RDJ only started using it recently.
        ‘p’enny, from the sounds of things, he won’t be gate-crashing. Several of them have now said that they miss him and can’t wait to see him when he gets back to London. They’ll open those gates for him.

      • Intro Outro says:

        I think you might be right about sulking, @’P'enny! Here’s hoping he doesn’t sulk too long ;)

        @Lilacflowers, snail mail and smoke signals, definitely. Oh and marshalling signals. I wonder if snake hips are one of those…

      • jammypants says:

        I hold by my theory that RDJ unfollowed him, not bc of him, but bc of his fans haha

      • Intro Outro says:


        But what have fans got to do with it? The tweets fans address to Tom do not appear on RDJ’s timeline unless he follows those fans who tweet to Tom o_O

      • 'P'enny says:

        @lilacflowers what I would give to be a fly on the wall if got an invite onto the avengers set. bet he will cause allsorts of mahem, running off with their toys, again, taking Hemsworth as his hostage till joss promises him a cameo.

        He should be back in London in a couple of weeks time, crimson peak wraps 14th I think. The hiddles-stalkers will no doubt be stringing banners across his house soon, saying ‘you’re perfect ‘

      • Nighty says:

        @Intro Outro lots of Tom’s fans started twitting to both of them at the same night. Everytime they commented on Tom’s post they would also had RDJ’s twitter address.. Maybe he didn’t like that…

      • 'P'enny says:


        He has over million followers, he isn’t going give two hoots whose twitting him. probably won’t even look. I know on my twitter, I have a list where I put in important people and ignore the rest :-D I think these guys do the same.
        Besides, it won’t be just tom’s fans, same for Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo’s they will be just as bat-crazy. Everyone on twitter thinks they can butt into everyone’s twitter feed and feel as they part of the team. But they are not really.

      • Intro Outro says:


        I agree with what ‘P’enny says. I, too, doubt that RDJ spends days and nights reading his Twitter mentions. Of course, it could just as well be true, but i find it hard to imagine.

      • jammypants says:

        @InnieOutie, pretty much what Nighty said.

      • Isadora says:

        I’m not sure I get twitter. I mean, what ‘p’enny said about twitter feeds and people is probably right and it would be in my nature not to answer anything unless I know that person and/or they ask something. On the other hand that means that I’m just sitting there on twitter and talk to myself because I don’t know anyone lol. In the end I guess it’s nice when people/fans can – at least try to – reach their idols directly (or the person that runs the twitter account). It really is rather unique this way, isn’t it? And it’s not like someone is forcing famous people to read all the tweets, so…

        And a Tommy tantrum would be really interesting to watch lol. Let’s not forget that he swears a lot in case of tantrum as stated in his Elle UK interview.

      • Intro Outro says:

        I don’t know, ladies. If RDJ unfollowed TH because cray cray Hiddles fans were tweeting their cray cray stuff directly to him/mentioning him in their Hiddles-related cray cray tweets, he’ll STILL be getting those tweets even after he unfollowed TH. It just doesn’t make any difference whether he follows TH or not.

        I still think he either unfollowed him by mistake OR just doesn’t consider TH an important part of his current career and life which is absolutely fine and understandable as far as i am concerned.


        I love Twitter for its immediacy and speed ^_^ My friends and i often use it almost as a classic forum or board, and i love how i can immediately respond to other people’s thoughts and how they can respond to mine. It’s almost like a huge discussion and brainstorming room to me.

      • Intro Outro says:

        Update: I went and had a look at RDJ’s FB. Hahaha, i take my words about RDJ not caring about TH back!

        Cray cray fans or mistake then ;P

      • Nighty says:

        Oh, @Intro Outro you had never seen RDJ’s facebook… He talks and comments a lot about Tom and Loki.. a lot..that’s why I said he’s annoyed by Tom’s fans…
        He has some really funny comments.. two of my favourite, let me see if I can find them.. Here:

        And this:

        He actually asks who’s going to star Downey’s facts…lol

        Or maybe they had a lovers quarrel?

  15. Rie526 says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t find him attractive at all?

  16. Lola says:

    Take it that the black hair is out, going back to natural hair color. About the airport ensemble, the man likes it, I say let him wear it, god knows we all have one outfit that we think it’s rocking even if our friends think it’s the most awful thing they have ever seen. I say, live and let live.
    Is he friends with the owner of the restaurant? Anybody know?

  17. Shiksa Goddess says:

    No I would not hit it. Ever. Can we please stop asking this question?

  18. Intro Outro says:

    He looks great with this hair colour. I dig it, and the glasses too!

    But that airport attire… *shudders*

  19. EscapedConvent says:

    When I see Cumby in those horrible maroon jeans, I rather doubt that there’s a girlfriend in the picture. Nor do I think he will acquire one in future, as long as he wears those pants.

  20. Reece says:

    I think he’s in NYC for the Time 100 party and possibly The Met.
    Colin Firth did his write up in Time. I nearly had a conniption reading it. All I could hear was Colin Firth’s voice saying those words and the fact that it was about The Batch was a bonus..

    • MissMary says:

      The Time party was a few nights ago, same night some fan pics of him in SoHo in London came out and there was minor flail b/c folks on Tumblr didn’t realize NYC didn’t hold the monopoly on a place called SoHo. I’d be surprised if he went to the Met shindig but it does make sense–networking, free party, see and be seen, and he’s in a movie being supported by Weinstein so the Oscar pimping starts early.

  21. sarah says:

    Not really liking the glasses. They make his eyes look little and beady. Maybe the frames are a little too big?

    He does have a pretty hair color. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it so curly in his natural color. I’m not used to it…

  22. Abby says:

    So what if he is attending the Met Ball??? Bradley Cooper is attending it too, is he a famewhore as well??? Jessica Chastain is attending it too without representing any designer.

    What’s so wrong in going to this party?? Also people are forgetting that this might be because he was personally invited by Wintour who seems to be fond of him. She attended the NYC premiere of The fifth estate so in a way he might be returning te favour.

  23. betsy says:

    He’s only doing what Colin Firth did all year to get his Oscar for The King’s Speech. Harvey knows you have to start the ball rolling very early.

  24. Tippett says:

    How do people keep their earbuds so clean and white? Mine are always dingy

  25. Joanie says:

    The Met Ball is on the 5th…isn’t the Polish festival event also on the 5th?

  26. Dani says:

    He can wear the hell out of a suit but those purple pants? Brooklyn hipster status. Looks like I need to venture into the city, Cumby is just 25 minutes away!

  27. Sighs says:

    Love the suits. Always. I abhor those glasses, though. The frames are way too big for his face. He already has a very interesting face, he doesn’t need huge glasses to overpower it. Does anyone remember the Sherlock episode where he tried on Charles Augustus Magnussen’s glasses? I think that type would work better on him.
    And WTF is with that airport outfit? It’s a T-shirt, under a denim shirt, under a vest, under ANOTHER denim shirt? And then he wore that later to a party?? Good lord have mercy!
    Adore the curls. They are his redemption.

  28. Encumbered says:

    Quite honestly I couldn’t give a toss what Ben chooses to wear except for one huge, disturbing exception: fur. I find him an adorable man and a truly lovely person–but this puts a huge dent in my respect for him.

    As does any association with Wintour and Vogue. She flaunts her belief that wearing animals for stupid fashion is fine; this is reflected in her personal clothing choices and what is featured in the pages of her mag. What a horrid, uninformed, arrogant and despicable attitude. She deserves tofu pies in the face. As for Benedict, I am hoping he comes to his senses and abandons that coat with the fur trimmed hood he wore for the British Airways photoshoot in Finland earlier this year. Very strange, indeed, to be playing with huskies while wearing the fur of one of their deceased brethren. Maybe he has one of those pies coming….

    • Felice says:

      He can’t control what they dress him in and he’s not powerful enough to protest. Models who are anti-fur have had to wear it before. They put the coat up for auction anyway didn’t they?

    • Isadora says:

      I agree with everything you said, Encumbered. I’ve seen how fur is “produced” and to say it’s a nightmare is a huge understatement. It’s hell on earth. And I see so many people on the streets with their cherished pet dogs wearing dog fur (!) trimmings on their jackets or pompons on their hats. How can you do that?

      I also agree with what Felice says – usually models have not much say in what the stylists give them to wear. But Mr. Cucumber here is an actor and a celebrity so I guess he has more leverage. It would be interesting to see what happens when he would have refused to wear the coat.

      And putting it up for auction doesn’t help those animals one bit.

      • Nighty says:

        It could be false, I have a coat with faked brown fur, not real one…. Maybe his is also fake… I dunno….
        How can you tell real from false from a picture, I can only do it by touching it…

      • Isadora says:

        I’ve written two comments already that simply vanished, unfortunately, I hope they resurface again after a time.

        @Nighty & jammypants:
        Of course nobody can say with 100% accuracy if fur is real or not from pictures. But there is a certain look to real fur that’s very hard to copy (and also very expensive). Real fur on the other hand is often even cheaper than fake fur. That’s completely absurd, but that’s how it is, unfortunately and one of the reasons why people often don’t even realise they buy real fur “because it was so cheap, I thought it’s fake”. Last winter most fur trimmings on jackets/caps here were real, fake fur was the exception sadly. There was even one small scandal (as in: it should have been a big scandal but nobody really cared) as a big brand sold jackets with “fake fur” but somone sent it to a lab and it was really cat fur. Because cat fur is cheaper than fake fur.

        But back to Cumby. As I said, real fur is quite often much finer than fake fur, fluffier and has a bigger variety of colours. Also there are often slight “flaws” (often colourwise) that are often lacking in fake fur because it’s produced in big panels with a rather homogeneous look. I’ve found a rather good pic of Cumby’s fur jacket:–articleImage-aefef49a-323603.jpg
        As you can see it’s very fine, very fluffy, you can see the longer guard hair towards the back and the naturally orangy markings in the fur. From this pic and also all the others I’ve seen I’d say it’s real and even more specifically real raccoon dog. Of course, I can’t swear it is, but it certainly looks to me like that (unfortunately, I wish I could say otherwise).

      • Nighty says:

        @Isadora Wow, I had no idea that some types of real fur were cheaper than the fake one… Well, I’m pretty sure mine is a fake since it is all the same exact shade of brown and no animal is that colour… Plus, they wouldn’t die real fur, I suppose…

      • Encumbered says:

        Thank you, Isadora, for your convincing research. You confirm my disappointment that he would have purchased or accepted as a gift a garment with real fur trim. Thing is, he has a deep social conscience from all that I have read about him. He appears to have respect for animals and has stated he’d like a dog if he had the time for one. He proudly displayed/wore the bracelet Anthony Head gave to him in support of animal welfare at the last Cabin Pressure recording (although perhaps not since). So…how has he not made the connection between wearing fur and mistreatment of animals? It baffles! I sincerely wish someone asks him about his choice to wear fur.

      • Isadora says:

        @Nighty: Unfortunately they also dye real fur when the original colour is bland, not that appealing or they want to achieve a special effect. Dyed fur is sometimes rabbit as those are often white and can be easily and smoothly dyed in all colours possible.

        Normally there is a description on the label how to clean a jacket and as you shouldn’t put fur in the washing machine or esp. not a dryer there are often specific instructions (like dry cleaning only). I you google “faux fur trim” you can also see the typical difference in texture compared to the stuff google shows for “real fur trim”. There is some really good looking (expensive) fake fur for example for costumes in movies and in theatre, but it gets hardly used for small trimmings on reasonable priced jackets. And I found faux fur to always have a more synthetic feel to it. Real fur feels more like my cats. Also some brands use only real fur (because it’s more “exclusive”) or only faux fur, according to their philosophy.

      • Isadora says:

        @Encumbered: I agree, I really don’t think he’s one of the “I don’t care people” more like one of those that generally think most stuff nowadays is fake fur or just don’t notice it. I have a friend who is a great animal lover but accidently bought a knitted hat with a (I guess raccoon dog) real fur pompon. It was so cheap she never thought it would be real. Even I once bought unfortunatly a cap made with 2% (oh, the utter senselessness) angora wool because I missed it on the label. Angora is a different story than common fur but if you have the stomach for a google research (try “angora fur”), it’s something I really try to avoid, althoug a few winters back it was nearly unavoidable because mixed in everything and very, very cheap in all the common stores like H&M, Forever 21 etc.

        If the jacket was a gift it’s probably another story. I mean as a public figure one should watch out what to “promote” and what not, but at least it wasn’t his decision to financially support the fur industry. I still have my angora cap because throwing it into the trash doesn’t help anymore, unfortunately, but at least I’m nobody’s role model or could send out a wrong message.

      • Nighty says:

        Can’t check that now, since my winter clothes are in my home town, but I will check it…
        But I know the coat is dry cleaning …. as are most of my coats…

      • Intro Outro says:


        Thanks for all the useful info! Neither hubby nor i ever buy anything with real fur (although i do prefer real leather footwear but it’s a different story.. right? o_O) but we did buy several Vero Moda and Sela jumpers with angora fur =( I had no idea. Thank you indeed for bringing this up!

        I have a beautiful French faux fur hat, it’s awesomely made. My fav winter hat ^_^

      • Delorb says:

        “And putting it up for auction doesn’t help those animals one bit. ”

        And neither does splashing red paint on them. Those women will just go out and buy a new coat! If you don’t like something, then YOU don’t do it. I don’t understand why that’s such a hard concept? Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t marry a gay. Don’t like abortions? Don’t have one. Sorry for the rant and its not directed at you particularly. But I remember the red paint protests against models/people wearing fur. It all seemed so pointless.

      • Isadora says:

        @Delorb: Wow, where does the red paint that come from? I agree, red paint is rather pointless. If you read what I’ve written then this should be pretty clear… And you can’t compare fur with gay marriage because it involves a third party that can’t speak for itself. That’s the whole problem because I guess the fur animals would be rather vocal about it. So yes, in that regard it is a hard concept. It’s like watching someone on the street caning a puppy and saying “Well, I don’t do it with my puppy, that’s my personal decision. What this puppy torturing guy next to me does is entirely his problem.” How many people would agree with this statement? And why is it different if the puppy is tortured a few feet next to me or if it is skinned alive in a Chinese fur farm?

        And don’t get me wrong. I’m not some lunatic hippie that thinks life is made of sunshine and rainbows. I’m not even necessarily against killing animals for food and wearing their fur afterwards (it is – after all – the circle of life and fur would be a byproduct of this). But it’s not like those animals had a natural, normal life and a quick death. And they don’t get eaten, you just have huge mounds of bloody carcasses (if they are lucky enough to be dead by then) that are the byproduct of fur farming. This is just wrong in my eyes and I’ve talked to many people who somehow know fur is not “ethical”, but never knew exactly why. So I don’t think telling people what really happens on fur farms is that bad – how should they know if nobody’s telling them? It’s not like the pictures are on the price tags. The anti-fur-PETA people aren’t helping in this one bit. Because those war cries of “fur is murder” are quite senseless. If fur is murder, so is chicken filet, t-bone steak and sushi, so “murder” is not the point, imho. The treatment of fur animals before they die is.

        I said the bit about the auction because it sounded like everything is alright then. Like oh, a good cause, well then…

      • Isadora says:

        @Intro Outro:
        I say thank you for reading all this. :) Footwear is difficult, I just can’t with the PU fake leather shoes.. ugh. I start sweating in this stuff. So my shoes are also leather, except my chucks. Generally leather would be a byproduct of meat production – you kill the cow and eat it, you have the leather. Unfortunately things aren’t like that in our modern world (would be too easy, wouldn’t it?). However I hardly speak about this because people tend to get angry with me for spoiling everything. I understand this, but I’m the first person who wishes it would be different and I dont’ have to “spoil” anything. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW, DON’T READ ANY FURTHER. ;-)

        The thing is that most leather products for the western world are nowadays produced in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh leather industry is huge, immensly cheap and not regulated at all by law. The result is not pretty – I’ll just say that most of the poor people there struggle with severe pollution, for example with Chrome-VI (a highly toxic cancerogenic byproduct of chemical tanning), especially the children that are running mostly barefoot in the contaminated mud there – because the people can’t, of course, afford the shoes they produce. That we too are wearing products that might contain significant amounts of Chrome-VI is another story. As to animal welfare: There is a huge demand for cattle in Bangladesh of course, so one of the cheapest ways to get them is to smuggle cattle from India (where it can’t be slaughtered because of their holy status there) to Bangladesh. That’s a very long trail and what happens there… let’s just say it’s horrible (google can answer that). And as Bangladesh is a muslim country they don’t get slaughtered with a bolt gut, but rather the halal way (bleeding to death) which is controversial in itself.

        So now you know why nobody wants to hear this. ;-) What do I do? I’m lucky as I’m not much of a shoe fashionista (would be so much harder then!). I have a few pairs of pretty high quality leather shoes and try to keep them as long as possible (proper care is a huge factor). And all new shoes I bought so far are made from European leather, mostly vegetable-tanned (so no Chrome-VI). It’s still a byproduct of factory farmed animals (which is awful), but at least there are laws and standards for leather production in Europe that should protect the employees, environment and customers. It’s more expensive but considering the huge profit margin shoes normally have, it’s not that bad. And the rashes I (as an allergy sufferer) sometimes got in summer from sandals (= direct skin contact) are a thing of the past, so that’s great. :-)

        BUT I do realize that it’s much harder to avoid leather and that the whole leather problem is not as known. So I don’t fault people for wearing non-ethical leather as I do for wearing fur, it is a huge difference for me.

      • Intro Outro says:


        You remind me of one of my dearest internet friends who’s a vet and a vegetarian, and a wonderful person ^_^ <3

        Concerning footwear: that's a very reasonable attitude. As for Bangladesh leather products – we've recently bought leather footwear from ASOS and DP and Asda and it's all labeled as made in India and China. Do you mean that these still use leather that's originated in Bangladesh? I also wonder about Italian shoes, i love their leather and quality and it's usually labelled as made in Italy..

    • Katie says:

      Can’t say for sure he realizes it’s real fur since it’s a free set cast off or a BBC loaner (that’s Watson’s jacket from the pool scene in TGG), I didn’t at first sight and I’m more current on fashion than he is (as are most lol).

      I do know this particular brand, if I’m right, was sued for labeling real fur items as ‘faux fur’ like a year after that episode aired.

      • jammypants says:

        wow, there’s no regulation for this?

      • Katie says:

        There’s supposed to be, jammypants, but apparently vendors this manufacturer (plus two others) were selling items through was advertising them as ‘faux fur’. While not necessarily the maker’s fault, they should have been watching what their vendors were doing.

      • Isadora says:

        Thank you Katie!! Such a coincidence, I watched this Sherlock episode today (was on TV here) and had quite an “epiphany” during the pool scene. And I’m really glad now because 1) it’s not like he himself bought it and usually I think it’s better if a coat is actually used than rotting in some costume storage department and 2) probably not even the person who bought it is at fault here if the company did some faulty labeling. So Cumby is absolved. ;-)

  29. flavia_deluce says:

    My love for those glasses and that hair and his FACE is so pure and intense I feel like I might spontaneously combust.

  30. allons-y alonso says:

    yes. purple pants and all.

  31. Nighty says:

    I’ve just taken a peek at the dresses from last year’s Met Ball, and I’ll be having major nightmares tonight…. HELP!!!!!!
    How can they (having so much money) wear suc AWFUL clothes… are those supposed to be dresses??????

    Ok, eraser please, anyones has an eraser/rubber.. I need to erase these images from my mind… and fast!!!!

    • sarah says:

      From what I’ve read, the dresses are going to be long, classy ones this year. I love beautiful ball gowns, so I definitely think they’ll be better than last year’s ‘punk’ theme.

      And men in tuxes with tails and top hats–yes!

      • Nighty says:

        Ok, last year the theme was punk, doesn’t mean it has to be AWFUL, with a little bit of good taste and imagination, punk dresses could have been awesomely well designed without looking trashy.. jeee , today I’, having a hard time typing…

  32. anon says:

    Actually, this year’s theme is formal high fashion. White tie only for males and haute
    culture ballgowns for women.

  33. anon says:

    Agreed. We should start a bet-black patent pumps or Oxfords to adorn the cumberbatch feet?

  34. Joanie says:

    From The Daily Mail:

    “The Harrow-educated actor has spent considerable time in America, he is currently working on the latest instalment of the DreamWorks Animation ‘The Penguins Of Madagascar.’

    He will be providing the voice of an animal who works for the CIA who is tracking the film’s villain, to be voiced by John Malkovich.”

  35. Ellen says:

    I like the way that Benny dresses. He does it for himself just like he says what he wants. I like a man that can think for himself. He’s like the geeky cool guy.

    • Margret says:

      I agree with you. My nephew is an artist/hipster type and has the same maroon skinny pants and similar shirts as Cumby, all that’s missing is the Converse All Star sneakers. Wasn’t he known as a visual artist in his school days? This is how they dress.

  36. Ysis says:

    Someone noticed the picture where he is sitting with Asian girls ?
    The one next to him looks like Trese San Wong (the model who had photobomb him in CALI’) …
    I’m wrong ?

  37. marjiscott says:

    Oh Please, Stop already!
    Benny looks like the head of a sperm!

  38. Ysis says:

    It was confirmed that Benedict C. attend at the MET Ball this year…
    His blue shirt will be at the Met ! Lol.

  39. Blenheim says:

    Can i ask something? If this guy spoke with an accent from somewhere in Iowa, (because he had been born there), would he be causing the same amount of hyperventilation among fans? Somehow I don’t think so.
    I used to have the British-accent-makes-me w*t thing but somehow along the line I lost it and now I just can’t see the attraction in the least.

    So yes, more for you girls!

    • Maggie says:

      There are many things that make someone attractive and thank goodness we all have different tastes. Yes his voice, not necessarily the accent, is part of his attraction for me but there is so much more as well. His intelligence, his acting skills, his looks and I think he appears to be a kind and caring person. An English accent on its own is certainly not the attraction.