Rowan Atkinson found himself at the centre of a controversy during a recent House of Lords speech on 6th February, where he was singled out for allegedly contributing to the sluggish sales of electric cars.
The House of Lords meeting, focusing on the environment and climate change, featured discussions by the think tank group The Green Alliance about the challenges in achieving the government’s goal of phasing out petrol and diesel cars by 2035.
They pointed to an article written by Atkinson last summer, published in The Guardian under the title “I love electric vehicles – and was an early adopter. But increasingly I feel duped.”
In a letter read aloud during the meeting, The Green Alliance claimed, “One of the most damaging articles was a comment piece written by Rowan Atkinson which has been roundly debunked” (as reported by Sky). The group emphasized the challenges of fact-checking reaching the same wide audience as the original false claim, underscoring the importance of maintaining high editorial standards in the transition to net zero.
Atkinson’s article expressed his evolving views on electric cars, stating, “Increasingly, I’m feeling that our honeymoon with electric cars is coming to an end, and that’s no bad thing.” The actor’s perspective was cited in the Lord’s meeting as an example of “misleading” reports about electric vehicles.
Rowan Atkinson recently graced screens in the company of Timothee Chalamet in ‘Wonka.’
– Farheen Ali