Ed Team

Sir Ian McKellen on Tolerance

Filed By Ed Team | May 24, 2009 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: bullying, Gandalf, homophobic behavior, Ian McKellen

"I [visited] a wonderful co-ed faith school in Harpenden. They were Christians and absolutely determined that their pupils did not discriminate. . . . I said that we were all part of a minority group - be it for being short or tall or fat or thin, or having red hair or whatever. . . . "I had Gandalf's sword with me and I knighted a pair of children 'Sir Minority' and 'Dame Minority' and it went down very well. It is essential to talk to 12- and 13-year-olds because they absorb what's thrown at them, whether it be homophobia or tolerance - and we have to make sure it's positive stuff."

--Actor Sir Ian McKellen, who celebrates his 70th birthday tomorrow

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