Laurence Fox has declared that he will not ‘be quiet’ after facing backlash for his controversial comments about Meghan Markle.
The White Lines actor sparked outrage earlier this year after insisting the Duchess of Sussex was not a target of racist abuse and that being called a ‘white privileged male’ was racist.
Discussing the backlash, Laurence said there’s been ‘quite a concerted drive to make me be quiet’.
He told talkRADIO: ‘You can’t just shut everybody up, there’s an emotional and an intellectual fragility to people who won’t tolerate dissenting voices.’
Fox added that cancel culture, where people face calls for their careers to be ended over perceived missteps, is ‘very dangerous’.
Society needs to ‘talk and debate’, he said, adding that ‘cancel culture creates an even more myopic monoculture and who wants that’.
The ‘woke religion lacks a lot of rationality’, he said, adding: ‘Their approach is to try and destroy lives.’
Laurence went on: ‘I think this very leftist agenda has been marching through our institutions for decades.’
‘It is a very divisive tactic and people don’t want to be divided, they want to be united.’
On Question Time in January, university lecturer Rachel Boyle said: ‘The problem we’ve got with this is that Meghan has agreed to be Harry’s wife, and the press have torn her to pieces.
‘Let’s be really clear about what this is, let’s call it by its name, it’s racism. She’s a black woman and she has been torn to pieces.’
Fox, who was on the panel, said: ‘It’s not racism. No it’s not. We’re the most tolerant, lovely country in Europe.
‘It’s so easy to throw the card of racism at everybody and it’s really starting to get boring now.’
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