There doesn’t seem to be another explanation for the recent rash of poor fashion choices for anyone, let alone a celebrity heart-throb on whom eyes and cameras are consistently placed, that have beset Benedict Cumberbatch this summer. Benedict Cumberbatch is testing you, ladies. Are you going to pass the test?! True love is seeing your crush in jorts, a white t-shirt, and white tennis shoes in a promo for an upcoming appearance on Top Gear, and still gchatting the photo to your friends. “Isn’t Benedict Cumberbatch the cuuuuuuutteeesst? Ugh, just so cute,” you’ll say. “I don’t care if he’s in jorts or sandals or whatever; as long as he’s still my Benny, I’ll still love him forever.” This is still you talking to your friend — “I just feel like whenever we meet we’re going to have this, like, instant connection, you know? Even though he’s a celeb I know I’m going to feel comfortable around him and he’s going to feel like he’s known me forever, or at least for just as long as I’ve known about him (2 years). I just love him, truly. No matter how disappointingly and inappropriately he dresses. We can work on it! You know?! All couples work on things.” And then your friend lets his or her gchat go idle, even though he or she is there, seeing everything you’ve sent, and then after about 30 minutes he or she disconnects and then reconnect in invisible mode. You passed the test! (Via BuzzFeed.)

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  1. I have been following this breaking news all weekend. Also, Kelly, have you been monitoring my emails to Flanny? Because I’m pretty sure I said all of those things, verbatim.

    God help me, I love that man.

  2. HE’S WITH THE STIG I DON’T CARE I STILL LOVE HIM MAYBE MORE THAN EVER.

  3. I don’t even know what you call all those lower leg muscles, but his must be getting ready to appear in a movie about buff ones.

  4. Dear Benedict,

    How’s it going? Are you having a case of the Mondays? I am, but I think it’s going to be an ok week. Can you do me a favor though? Go find a mirror. Look at what you’re wearing. Are you going out today? If not, then by all means stick with what you’re doing. Or maybe you’re just going to get some lunch with your best friend, or picking up some groceries. That’s fine! You do you. Are you going to be photographed, and not in a “this man is hiding in a bush with a telephoto lens” sort of way? Are you promoting something in a professional capacity? Is this really how you want to look right now? I’ll give you a hint: the answer is no. The first step is to accept that you cannot dress yourself. It does not make you any less of a man if you hire somebody to pick out your clothes for public appearances. A real man asks for help when he needs it. Call your friend Chris Pine and see if you can borrow his guy. You have the money. Stay cool, bro.

    Best Regards,
    catweazle

  5. Guys, I think that we are all overlooking the real star of this picture which is, of course, the Stig. WE LOVE YOU STIG! Look, even B-Cumbs loves the Stig.

    Now I just want to post funny pictures of celebrities with the Stig.

  6. Sorry Benedict, you lost me at summer scarf.

  7. I’m shocked that this is the only post with the tag “jorts.”

  8. Denimdict Cumbershorts.

  9. I’m sorry guys. I still don’t find this guy attractive. But he has nice eyes.

  10. For the 2 months that I’ve lived in the UK I’ve been in internet purgatory and the only things on TV have been like 5,000 documentaries about kings I didn’t even know existed, and since I’ve been back home on vacation Luther has started back up, Top of the Lake has aired and now freakin Cumberbatch has been on Top Gear. I’m missing everything. All I’m saying is that royal baby better stay inside another week!

  11. WHAT is going on with his chin/neck here??

  12. HEY IF Y’ALL WERE WONDERING WHETHER YOU COULD WATCH THIS EPISODE OF TOP GEAR ON BBC AMERICA ON DEMAND TODAY YOU CAN’T. YOU MIGHT DOWNLOAD AN EPISODE MAYBE AND AWKWARDLY FAST FORWARD THROUGH THINGS YOU CAN’T BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND LOOKING FOR A GLIMPSE OF A BE-JORTSED BENEDICT WITH NO LUCK. OKAY THANKS BYE I’M DEAD.

  13. just for me, personally, I think he is the exact opposite of attractive.

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