Headey, best known as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, said having been put in the shoes of an immigration officer and exposed to a script based on real-life accounts from people working for the Home Office had affirmed her belief that a shift in attitude was needed.
“I understand there are safety issues, and screenings for security, but it could be so much more human and compassionate,” said Heady. “It’s horrendous that after the journeys that these refugees go through, they are then treated immediately with suspicion and fear.
“I get it, this is a crisis with so many levels, but we have also lost sight of the fact it’s not a ‘problem’, it’s people, it’s other human beings. And we’re dehumanising them.”
And that’s a bad thing. Clearly.
Headey said she fully understood people’s fatigue having been bombarded with images of violence and human suffering every day, but said she believed the most important task was to make people less fearful of the refugees and their motives for coming to the UK.
That’s going to be a bit difficult, in light of recent events.
Having visited Greece last year to meet some of those who had made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, Headey said she had been struck by how the main message the women wanted to convey was that “we are not terrorists”.
And you’re often not refugees either!
Yet she also noted what she described as a “massive discontentment” among the men living in the makeshift camp on the island of Lesbos.
“If we don’t have a shift where we recognise these people for who they were before they were forced to leave their countries – people who are educated with family values, who had careers and homes – then we are going to be in trouble, we really are. We are going to grow an absolute fury, you could feel it.”
Clearly, this ditzy broad is so used to parroting other people’s words to camera that she’s unable to see the great yawning chasm of logic that just opened up before her..
“People look at actors who speak out and say ‘oh well, it’s so easy for them’,” she said. “There are a lot of people who are saying ‘it’s all right for you, you champagne socialist’ but that’s fucking bollocks, I’m just a human being with a conscience.”
And by inference, those who question why we have to accept every waif and stray who wants to live here has no conscience? And isn’t really human?
Isn’t that a bit ‘dehumanising’?