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Benedict Cumberbatch is fed up with politicians turning away Syrian refugees, so he cursed them out.

On Tuesday night, actor Benedict Cumberbatch took aim at the governments of the world for not doing enough to help the waves of Syrian refugees crossing into Europe.

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"F*** the politicians," he said, according to numerous sources.

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The actor unleashed after a London production of "Hamlet," in which he's starring. Many in the audience reportedly cheered in agreement.

Cumberbatch's frustration is understandable.

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While Germany plans to take in 800,000 refugees, the U.K. has offered to admit only 20,000 by 2020 (similarly, the U.S. is on track to take 85,000 this fiscal year, and 100,000 next year). Meanwhile, there are over 4 millionregistered Syrian refugees across the Middle East and North Africa.

These are people who are fleeing war, death, or worse.

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Many refugees have left because staying in Syria means risking their lives. Others are running after being conscripted into the army and forced to kill fellow Syrians. Still others are victims of torture or sexual violence.

The experience is probably best summed up in a poem that Cumberbatch read on stage after the performance, according a report in The Guardian:

"No one puts children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land."

What can be done?

Per Cumberbatch, it's time for Western governments to put up or shut up. More countries can, and should, follow Germany's example and open their doors to people whose only goal is to save their own lives and the lives of their families. And it's time to elect politicians who are willing to do that.

It's the right thing to do.

And it might just inspire Cumberbatch to get up on stage and say:

"Thank you, politicians!"

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"The Carol Burnett Show" had one of the funniest outtakes in TV history.

"The Carol Burnett Show" ran from 1967 to 1978 and has been touted as one of the best television series of all time. The cast and guest stars of the show included comedic greats such as Tim Conway, Betty White, Steve Martin, Vicki Lawrence, Dick Van Dyke, Lyle Waggoner, Harvey Korman and others who went on to have long, successful comedy careers.

One firm rule Carol Burnett had on her show was that the actors stay in character. She felt it was especially important not to break character during the "Family" scenes, in which the characters Ed and Eunice Higgins (a married couple) and Mama (Eunice's mother) would play host to various colorful characters in their home.

"I never wanted to stop and do a retake, because I like our show to be ‘live,’" she wrote in her memoir, as reported by Showbiz Cheat Sheet. "So when the ‘Family’ sketches came along, I was adamant that we never break up in those scenes, because Eunice, Ed, and Mama were, in an odd way, sacred to me. They were real people in real situations, some of which were as sad and pitiful as they were funny, and I didn’t want any of us to break the fourth wall and be out of character.”

It was a noble goal, and one that went right out the window—with Burnett leading the way—in a "Family" sketch during the show's final season that ended with the entire cast rolling with laughter.

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