[pix_dropcap]I[/pix_dropcap] finally watched the Imitation Game after a visit to Bletchley Park last year. Living aside the actual merits of the film itself, the most interesting story line was Alan Turing’s personal tragedy being a gay man during a time when it was very illegal not to be heterosexual and historical governments’ tendency to use and abuse people, in this case, their subjects. I was actually surprised that the British government did not execute the scientists involved in cracking the Enigma code so enormously secret their job was deemed to be.

Therefore, instead of a life of science and recognition for the work done (having recognized that his groundbreaking work shortened World War 2), and for basically having kick started the invention and constructions of computers, objects that have become so enormously at the core of everything we do, Touring was actually vilified for his being a homosexual and sentenced to hormone treatment to cure him of his ‘evil ways’. The result was that by the end of one year of so-called treatment, Turing committed suicide at the age of 42. At the end of the film an on screen note reads that Turing was pardoned posthumously by the British queen. I am afraid this is utterly ridiculous, the queen should have officially apologised for her government’s failures towards Alan Turing, he did nothing to be pardoned about.

16 January 2016: The imitation game, Netflix


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