English Actress Cathy Tyson Says She Finds The Term ‘Woke’ To Be “As Bad A Term As An Offensive Racial Slur”

Cathy Tyson speaks with Virgin Media about her 2022 BAFTA TV Award win for her role in 'Help' (2021), Channel 4
Cathy Tyson speaks with Virgin Media about her 2022 BAFTA TV Award win for her role in 'Help' (2021), Channel 4

In the opinion of English actress Cathy Tyson, the term ‘woke’, particularly when used to condescendingly dismiss one’s opinions, is “as bad as a term as an offensive racial slur”.

Cathy Tyson accepts her 2022 Virgin Media BAFTA TV Award for Supporting Actress

Cathy Tyson accepts her 2022 Virgin Media BAFTA TV Award for Supporting Actress

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Tyson, whose extensive filmography includes credits as Steph McKenzie in the TV series Night & Day, Simone in 1984’s Mon Lisa, and Connie Robinson in Ubisoft’s Watchdogs: Legion, offered her protestations during a recent interview with UK news outlet The Telegraph.

Noting that she “would have never done an interview with The Telegraph” when she was younger due to the publication’s conservative leanings, the actress explained that she had since learned that “it’s great to talk to people who have different views to you”, an outlook she attributes to her time at Brunel University in west London, whose curriculum “taught me how to open my mind to different viewpoints”.

Connie Robinson (Cathy Young) has a mission for Aiden Pearce (Noam Jenkins) in Watch Dogs: Legion - Bloodline (2021), Ubisoft

Connie Robinson (Cathy Young) has a mission for Aiden Pearce (Noam Jenkins) in Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline (2021), Ubisoft

However, despite her newfound willingness to ‘reach across the aisle’, Tyson asserted that she still took issue with how “I imagine some of the readership use the word ‘woke’.”

“For me, it’s as bad a term as an offensive racial slur,” she explained of her dislike for the term. “The terms ‘woke’ and ‘race card’ are deeply offensive to me.”

Cathy Tyson recalls her mother's early life to everymanplayhouse for their 'Top 5 Dream Dinner Guests' series

Cathy Tyson recalls her mother’s early life to everymanplayhouse for their ‘Top 5 Dream Dinner Guests’ series

After noting that one of her biggest points of frustration with the term is how it’s regularly used to “undermine” progressive ideas, the actress then noted that ‘woke’ was not the only sociopolitical short hand that she had a problem with.

“The term ‘race card’ is thrown in your face if you make a criticism of anything,” detailed Tyson. “Even the term ‘white privilege’ is very, very divisive. I’m not about sides.”

“How do we all get on together?” she ultimately asserted.  “It’s complex, there’s a lot of people of all colours who are suffering financially, who are hungry, at the moment.”

Connie Robinson (Cathy Young) offers her services to Aiden Pearce (Noam Jenkins) in Watch Dogs: Legion - Bloodline (2021), Ubisoft

Connie Robinson (Cathy Young) offers her services to Aiden Pearce (Noam Jenkins) in Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline (2021), Ubisoft

Tyson’s next project, an eponymously-named sequel television miniseries to the 2021 British, restaurant kitchen-centric drama film Boiling Point, is set to premiere on BBC One on October 1st.

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