Actor Alan Cummings has returned a royal award and talks about the “toxicity” of the British Empire

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“Today is my 58th birthday and I want to tell you about something I did for myself recently. I got my OBE back”

The decision to return the royal award he has received was made by the famous actor Alan Cumming, better known for his participation in X-Men 2, Spy Kids and The Good Wife”, in order not to be, as he said, in any way related to the “toxicity of the British Empire”.

“Today is my 58th birthday and I want to tell you about something I did for myself recently. I got my OBE back,” the actor said in a post on Instagram.

The award of Officer of the British Empire (OBE) is awarded to individuals who have made a significant difference in their field and is considered a highly prestigious award on a symbolic level.

Cumming received the award 14 years ago, and as he described in his post, he felt incredibly grateful at the time to be included in the Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honors list.

In fact, with this award he was recognized, in addition to his services to cinema, theater and the arts, and his activist action for equal rights in the gay and lesbian community.

However, as he states, the death of Queen Elizabeth made him reflect on the honor he received and in particular the significance of the institution that awarded it to him.

“The Queen’s death and the discussions that followed about the role of the monarchy and, above all, how the British Empire benefited at the expense (and death) of indigenous people around the world was a real eye-opener for me.” wrote and noted that he has misgivings about his connection “to the toxicity of empire”

“I returned my award, explained the reasons and reiterated my great gratitude for being given it in the first place. Now I’m plain old Alan Cumming again. Happy birthday,” he summed up.

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