Kevin Spacey performed William Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, a play with a powerful message about cancel culture that prevails in the modern world.
In his first appearance on stage since being acquitted of sexual assault charges in London in July, the two-time Oscar-winning actor performed a monologue at the University of Oxford, from the play written in the early 1600s.
Timon is the central character of the play, and the story revolves around his character. He is a wealthy and generous Athenian nobleman who lavishly spends his fortune on his friends and associates without considering the consequences.
However, when his wealth is depleted and he requests financial assistance from those he had previously helped, he is met with betrayal and ingratitude.
Feeling betrayed and disillusioned, Timon becomes a misanthrope, living in the wilderness and cursing the city of Athens.
Cancel culture won the day in Ancient Athens, at least according to Shakespeare’s play.
Spacey—like Timon—has been ostracized by Hollywood’s cancel culture
Spacey—like Timon—has been ostracized by Hollywood. Spacey, who recently saw his reputation take a hit after he was accused of committing sex offenses against four men between 2004 and 2013, may have felt a strange connection to the material about a man deserted by the masses in his time of need.
The same day he performed in Oxford, it emerged that his attempted career comeback has suffered a blow, with a London cinema dropping its offer to host the premiere of his new film.
The Daily Mail reports that the Prince Charles Cinema, a big supporter of independent film from its location just off Leicester Square in the center of London’s film district, withdrew its offer to host Welsh thriller Control once it was made aware of Spacey’s involvement.
In Oxford, Spacey was introduced to the audience by British author Douglas Murray, who had just finished giving a lecture on the damaging effects of cancel culture.
“In an era of cancellation and defenestration, we sometimes forget that we both cannot go on like this and that we have been here before,” Murray said.
“I often thought of Shakespeare’s rarely performed but great play ‘Timon of Athens,'” Murray said. “Timon has the whole world before him. He is surrounded by friends and admirers. He is generous to all. Yet, he falls on hard times and when he does absolutely everybody deserts him. He is left with nothing and nobody, and risks being filled with despair and rage.”
“Why dost thou seek me out,” began Spacey.
“Thou art a fool,” Spacey continued while swirling around a drink in his hand.
Spacey concluded, “I am sick of this false world, and will love naught.”
Spacey still faces twelve sex offense charges in the UK related to alleged events between 2001 and 2013. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.