Michael Buerk (above left) — the veteran journalist famous for his frontline war reporting — has taken aim at “bleeding heart” celebrities and their “political grandstanding without experience”.
“As a superannuated war reporter myself I’m a little sniffy about celebs pratting around among the world’s victims,” said Mr. Buerk in a Radio Times interview conducted with fellow war reporter and former soap star Ross Kemp.
“I hate it when feather-bedded thesp[ian]s pay flying visits to the desperate to parade their bleeding hearts and trumpet their infantile ideas on what ‘must be done’,” he stated.
Mr. Buerk praised Mr. Kemp’s bravery while reporting from Afghanistan’s Helmand province, and suggested that virtue signalling politics with little experience of a world outside their privileged bubble was the problem with certain celebrities.
“There’s only so much of the Benedict and Emma worldview you can take”, he stated.
The singling out of actors Benedict Cumberbatch (above right) and Emma Thompson is hardly surprising.
Mr. Cumberbatch recently shocked theatregoers by launching an expletive-ridden impromptu attack on the British government for not importing enough migrants from Syria and elsewhere, before starring in a ‘refugee’ appeal.
“Fuck the politicians”, the privately-educated multi-millionaire told the audience, laying into the “utter disgrace of the British government” for agreeing to take in and shelter 20,000 migrants.
Mrs. Thompson, also born to a life of privilege and luxury, is well known for her hard-left political views.
She too has attacked the government’s response to the Syrian conflict, as “really shaming” and insisted that there is “plenty of room” for thousands more migrant in the country.
The actress also waded in on the European Union (EU) referendum debate, characterising Britain as a “cake-filled misery-laden grey old island” which could not survive with out Brussels overlords.
Mr. Buerk, meanwhile, has built a career reporting from the frontline of some of the 20th century’s most devastating conflicts and catastrophes.
He first made his name as the BBC’s South Africa correspondent during the height of the apartheid era, and delivered many memorable hard hitting reports from famine stricken Ethiopia, all before working his way up to be the anchorman on the Nine O’clock News.