Patrick Stewart has made no secret of his abusive upbringing at the hands of his father, and has frequently spoken out about his stance against domestic violence. During a question and answer period at Comicpalooza, one woman thanked Stewart for a speech he gave on behalf of Amnesty Now and the way it helped her accept the abuse she recently underwent.
What followed was Stewart not only opening up about the way his father would abuse his mother during his childhood, but also the way post-traumatic stress disorder led his father down his violent path. Stewart issued a call to action for men to actively work to stop domestic violence, and applauded the men who gave him a standing ovation in the Comicpalooza crowd.
“As I child I heard in my home doctors and ambulance men say, ‘Mrs. Stewart, you must have done something to provoke him. Mrs. Stewart, it takes two to make an argument.’ Wrong. Wrong!” Stewart says during the speech, which can be watched above. “My mother did nothing to provoke that, and even if she had, violence is never ever a choice that a man should make. Ever.”
The woman who asked the question, named Heather Skye, wrote about the situation on her personal blog. Following his impassioned answer, the moderator of the Q&A suggested Skye get a hug from Stewart, which he agreed to without hesitating. Skye writes that Stewart told her, “‘You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.’ I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love.”
In other wonderful Stewart news, the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” actor tweeted that he had his “first ever pizza ‘slice.'” He later clarified that he has in fact eaten pizza before, but that he and his fianc�e were a “little hungover” when they ordered the individual slices.