British actor Laurence Fox did not have his best day on Friday, according to his Twitter page, following a heated debate on the BBC’s Question Time about Meghan Markle’s upcoming departure from the United Kingdom. During the discussion, the actor maintained that the Duchess of Sussex’s departure was not related to the problem of racism.
During the debate, the actor was told by Rachel Boyle, an ethnicity lecturer present in the audience, that he could not properly comment on the recent developments in the royal family due to his gender and “white privilege”, a comment at which Laurence groaned, while accusing the academic of racism.
“You”re being racist”— Voice of Reason (@brexitblog_info) January 18, 2020
With the nation cheering him on, unlikely #bbcqt hero Laurence Fox tackles the ludicrous suggestion that the selfish & greedy antics of Meghan and Harry are a response to “racism” and that he, as a “white privileged male” cannot express an opinion. pic.twitter.com/r8MLcn6yyk
As a result, the British TV drama star was targeted with a stream of comments filled with outrage at his remark, prompting Fox to reply to all the Twitter trolls by saying that he was “drinking all of these leftist tears” throughout the day.
“My cup it overfloweth. But please don’t stop”, the actor said on Twitter.
To be clear, I am in no way having the best day of my life ever drinking all of these leftist tears.— LAURENCE FOX (@LozzaFox) January 17, 2020
My cup it overfloweth.
But please don’t stop.
He also shared a quote from Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech, while saying that the phrase reflected a position that he had openly endorsed and defended the other night.
This is the position I took last night and I live by in life. If you can improve on it, I’m all ears.— LAURENCE FOX (@LozzaFox) January 17, 2020
Or you can keep screeching “Racist!” at me and I can carry on having a jolly good giggle at your expense.
The tide is turning. pic.twitter.com/fFJzkzvFsY
Fox’s comments prompted even more reactions among the Twitter audience, with netizens left divided between those who supported the actor’s stance and boldness, and those who agreed with Boyle’s remark about the actor’s “white privilege” in the debate.
Perfect response to the far left attempt to attack white males ... it’s so ridiculously transparent and the tide has turned and the fight back has started !!!— Essex Fella QC (@EssexView) January 17, 2020
It’s nice to see a confident bloke who doesn’t feel the need to apologise for it— i quite like parliament now (@aewjan1965) January 17, 2020
Laurence Fox. I thought you were brilliant on BBCQT last night. Don’t listen to the haters. You said what a great many of us think.We have reached a point now where any criticism of “people of colour”is being called out as racist. So ridiculous— (((Kathy Sharkey))) (@KathleenSharkey) January 17, 2020
Good for you Laurence it’s about time someone stood up to these lefty snowflakes, I’m sick to death of hearing the word racist 👏— Jo Coz (@jolico1967) January 17, 2020
You’ve just appropriated MLK in order to prop up your own white privilege and toxic masculinity. Does it hurt that a woman of colour called you out on your white privileged? It must do given the amount of whining you’re doing on twitter today. You’ve a racism & sexism problem.— Gary Spedding (@GarySpedding) January 17, 2020
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on 8 January that they would be stepping down as senior members of the roya family to live a “financially independent” life and balance their time between the United Kingdom and North America.