Gulag gripe: 'Prison Break' star bashes Vancouver in epic rant
Published Thursday, May 5, 2016 2:16PM PDT
Last Updated Thursday, May 5, 2016 2:40PM PDT
Actor Dominic Purcell may have spent a lot of time behind bars during his stint on the show “Prison Break,” but it’s spending time in Vancouver he feels is the real jail sentence.
The English-born Australian actor has been in the city for months filming a nine-episode revival of the popular series, but apparently he’s not happy about it.
The 46-year-old took to Instagram to complain about Vancouver’s “leaking cloud” problem, saying that he’s seen maybe “four days of sun” in the past year.
Purcell said he’s sick of people telling him to go on hikes or bike rides, and that work is the only thing that’s keeping him here.
In the post starting with the words “Vancouver’s Gulag,” he also takes aim at the homeless problem in the city’s impoverished Downtown Eastside, saying politicians need to do more to help.
“It appears the Vancouver government and its politicians to my eyes at least are much more inclined to turn a blind eye to the mentally ill and homeless and rather focus on the enormous amount of construction serving foreign investment groups,” he wrote.
He says after enjoying the area’s beautiful mountains and parks, tourists visiting Vancouver should take a trip down East Hastings Street where things aren’t quite “as pretty.”
“It’s where you get to see a very, very real part of Vancouver,” he wrote, adding: “Can’t wait to read the hate comments I get.”
The Instagram rant to his 294,000 followers didn’t go unchallenged.
One follower told the actor it’s his own fault for taking a job on what’s commonly referred to as “The Wet Coast.”
“What kind of guy takes a job in a temperate rainforest and then complains about the weather?” wrote Instagram user EastVan_Guy. “As for the homelessness problem… what have you done about it since you arrived? Posting a grumpy selfie along with an ill-informed rant won’t make much of a difference.”
The comment was also noticed by one of Purcell's "Prison Break" costars. Sarah Wayne Callies, an American actress who played Sara Tancredi, responded to the comment by suggesting Purcell get involved in a performing arts program for kids living in the eastside and Strathcona.
"Hey brother we'd love your help over at @projectlimelight if you want to get involved…! #takeaction," Callies wrote.
The actor isn’t the first celebrity to express concern and outrage over the state of the Downtown Eastside.
Ahead of a concert at a local club last month, Snoop Dogg posted a video to Instagram as he drove through a back alley.
“They got an alley where they pass out needles for people to do heroin in,” he can be heard saying in the video.
“Clean this sh*t up out here.”
VANCOUVERS GULAG ...........#vancouver been here now getting on a #year not a sunny day in sight. I think I've seen 4 days of nice weather. People say we had 3 days of #sunshine like #santa just arrived. Well congratulations. I grew up in Australia Yo and have lived in the beautiful sunny #california for twenty years where I #surf and play in the ocean. Oh did I tell you I'm Australian/American. Anyway Stop telling me to go on hikes get on a bike and ride around a Lake or swim in its frigid waters oh and #whistler enough!!! I'm here to work. That's the only attraction at this point. Not only does Vancouver have a leaking cloud problem they have a homeless population problem that roam the streets in desperate need for help. It appears the Vancouver government and its #politicians to my eyes at least are much more inclined to turn a blind eye too the mentally ill and homeless and rather focus on the enormous amount of construction serving foreign investment groups. Why am I saying this ? Because I've been around the world many times and have not seen so many displaced mentally ill people take up entire blocks and turn it into a place of disturbing sadness and horror. It's the same everywhere I guess not just Vancouver. Yeah yeah I'm preaching which I hate to do because not for a second do I believe I'm some kind of Saint I'm just as flawed just as selfish as the next #idiot. I'm up here in my beautiful hotel suite preaching. But hey it ain't my job it's the governments job the politicians job to serve its people. So when you visit Vancouver and enjoy the beautiful lakes, mountains it's pretty little parks cute little trails. Be sure to check out Hastings street not as pretty it's where you get to see a very very real part of Vancouver. Ps. Can wait to read the hate comments I get. Haha.