1:53 pm - 02/04/2013

Ian McKellen Awarded With Honorary Degree in Northern Ireland

Sir Ian McKellen received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster at its Magee campus. The doctorate was conferred by the university's chancellor, the actor James Nesbitt.

Both men recently starred in The Hobbit film.

Sir Ian explained how he came to be at the Magee campus.

"We were sitting on a mountain in middle earth about six months ago and he was proudly telling me he was chancellor of a university.

"I didn't quite believe him, but he said 'oh come on, you come over and I'll show you', so here I am and delighted to be here for the first time."

Sir Ian also delivered the annual chancellor's lecture to an invited audience.

His lecture focused on religious and homophobic prejudice and the difficulties faced by homosexuals for many decades.

Dr McKellen paid tribute to Stonewall and other gay groups at home and abroad for their work to promote equality.

"Thanks to every gay person in public and non-public life who has come out. Thanks to those politicians not in thrall to those constituents who cling to the status quo and who, given referenda, would happily reinstate capital punishment and the beating of children."

“Thanks most perhaps to the cherished national belief that an Englishman – and an Irishman’s – home is his castle and that the state has no business interfering in their bedrooms. Every rotten anti-gay law has been repealed, shaken down from the constitutional tree. So complete is the reversal, that we even have the anomaly of civil partnerships which are not available to heterosexuals and uniquely benefit the gays!"

“The Heavens have not fallen in – though some blame Tsunami and earthquakes, even 9/11, on God’s response to advances in gay freedom. The world, at least this part of it, is a better place [but] beyond these isles things are worse than ever.”

Previous figures who have delivered the chancellor's lecture include the jurist Baroness Kennedy, respected journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow, the then Irish President Mary McAleese, the Lord Chief Justice for Northern Ireland Sir Declan Morgan and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Vice Chancellor Prof Richard Barnett, who delivered a speech to Sir Ian before the presentation of his honorary doctorate, said it was a great coup for the university to be able to salute one of the greatest actors on stage and screen and campaigners for gay equality.

"Sir Ian's performances have guaranteed him a place in the canon of English stage and film actors," he said.

"But Ian Murray McKellen is also a man of deep personal conscience. He is known as a voice of liberty.

"And he is known for his attention to the everyday matters of human courtesy, respect and loyalty - all evident in his acting."


GET IT SIR IAN. Congrats!!
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madcowre 4th-Feb-2013 07:08 pm (UTC)

adlanth 4th-Feb-2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly Gollum!
joyeuxcherie 4th-Feb-2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
xandy_candyx 4th-Feb-2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
brightstarmara 4th-Feb-2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
This will never get old. He is such a puppy.
hope_remains 4th-Feb-2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
I just want to use my new icons over and over.
hope_remains 4th-Feb-2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
So I guess it's a party post afterall.
hope_remains 4th-Feb-2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
That is one adorable icon you have there, me.
tuggernuts 4th-Feb-2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
i think i need to make more
andromakhe001 5th-Feb-2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Man I need to get on top of things and somehow get a new icon, I haven't used an icon in years actually.
joyeuxcherie 4th-Feb-2013 07:11 pm (UTC)

xandy_candyx 4th-Feb-2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
oh, you! <3
joyeuxcherie 4th-Feb-2013 07:11 pm (UTC)

xandy_candyx 4th-Feb-2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
merenwen17 4th-Feb-2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
I knew this would be a party post, ontd you never disappoint
joyeuxcherie 4th-Feb-2013 07:12 pm (UTC)

xandy_candyx 4th-Feb-2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
tx5mym5 4th-Feb-2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
excellent use of this gif!
brightstarmara 4th-Feb-2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
The magic sheet.
unwearable 4th-Feb-2013 07:12 pm (UTC)

so we hijacking that post for a party or what?

brightstarmara 4th-Feb-2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
I think we did!
pilotesse 4th-Feb-2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
cool! but i think negi_ramen had a post planned at 4 PST =/
unwearable 5th-Feb-2013 04:03 am (UTC)
I know! i repeatedly wrote that here so noone would forget. this wasn't planned (the OP isn't one of the usual party hobbits) but nice for europe to party a little too
joyeuxcherie 4th-Feb-2013 07:12 pm (UTC)

joyeuxcherie 4th-Feb-2013 07:12 pm (UTC)

madcowre 4th-Feb-2013 07:13 pm (UTC)

unwearable 4th-Feb-2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
BLESS THIS AWESOME MAN. he is so funny. colbert, too.
hope_remains 4th-Feb-2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
I never ever ever get sick of Ian gifs. They are always cute and charming and hilarious. Always!
volare 4th-Feb-2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
I want to explode with nerdey love at all of this.
dothecrunge 4th-Feb-2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
OMG I love your icon so much
unwearable 4th-Feb-2013 07:13 pm (UTC)


wee_mango 4th-Feb-2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
xandy_candyx 4th-Feb-2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
wesaynicole 4th-Feb-2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
lmao this is excellent
steampen 4th-Feb-2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
joyeuxcherie 4th-Feb-2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
adlanth 4th-Feb-2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
afdshjflglkhgh Hugo and Cate!
volare 4th-Feb-2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
Ongoing proof Sir Ian is down for damn near anything.
johnjie 5th-Feb-2013 04:55 am (UTC)
This picture is incredible
joyeuxcherie 4th-Feb-2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
unwearable 4th-Feb-2013 07:14 pm (UTC)

hoechlingurl 4th-Feb-2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
Not her for that shade at my bb Ori. ROFTMLAO Gimli Prime.
unwearable 4th-Feb-2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
tbh I'm kinda over ori... I KNOW; I SUCK. but he is soooooo sweet, my teeth ache =/ I need to see some more badass of him in the next movie. I know he has it in him:
ori k photo Unbenannt-1-2_zps2b382815.gif
tx5mym5 4th-Feb-2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
Awww, poor Bifur.

idg Mahler?
xandy_candyx 4th-Feb-2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
lathwen1 4th-Feb-2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
love it!
dothecrunge 4th-Feb-2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
palmthejoker 5th-Feb-2013 01:05 am (UTC)
OMG Coolie Guenther. Naming my next pet this, lol.
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