A British actor who revealed recently that he once dumped a girlfriend because she was “too woke” is catching flak for his anti-progressive views.
“I don’t know how we ended up together,” Fox told host James Delingpole. “It was a very short relationship. We were walking down the road and she was talking about how good the Gillette advert was. I just looked at her and went, ‘Bye. Sorry, I can’t do this with you.’”
Fox also said his former paramour was an advocate for Christine Blasey Ford, the university professor who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were high schoolers.
He described his response after his former girlfriend told him he had to “believe the victim.”
“No, you don’t believe the victim,” he said. “That’s not how it works. You listen to the victim. The victim’s evidence is examined and a jury of their peers makes that decision.”
At another point, Fox shared his views on the #MeToo movement.
“We want less sexual harassment,” he said, while acknowledging there are a “small minority of horrible men who want to dominate women.”
“But don’t make an enemy of men,” he said. “None of the real beautiful wonderful women out there really give a s*** about the length that [#MeToo] has gone to, and they are slightly ashamed of how far … you know the ones that I respect. It’s just gone too far.”
Fox’s comments come just days after a controversial appearance on BBC “Question Time,” where he exchanged words with an audience member over his stance on Meghan Markle.
The actor denied that the negative publicity Markle had received in recent weeks was due to racism.
Markle and her husband Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, announced earlier in this month they would be “stepping back” from royal duties.
“It’s not racism. We’re the most tolerant, lovely country in Europe. It’s so easy to just throw your charge of racism at everybody and it’s starting to get boring now,” Fox said.
Audience member Rachel Boyle called him a “white privileged male” in response.
Fox replied by arguing that Boyle was, in fact, the racist.
“I can’t help what I am, I was born like this, it’s an immutable characteristic, so to call me a white privileged male is to be racist — you’re being racist,” he said.
Activist groups, celebrities and social media users were outraged by Fox’s remarks.
I used to ask LGBT people, or those frm ethnic minorities whether prejudice exists. Instead, I’ll ask @LozzaFox as there’s no-one better qualified than a privately educated, white, straight man, born into a wealthy family whose name opened countless doors for him.#prayforlaurence
— Cristo Foufas (@cristo_radio) January 18, 2020
English actress Maxine Peake slammed Fox on Twitter, calling him a “posh actor.”
“Black & [working class] actors can only speak the truth once they’re established – their voices aren’t heard before,” Peake tweeted on Monday. “Posh actors, on the other hand, only complain when they want attention.”
The Minority Ethnic Committee for Equity, a U.K. union for actors and performers, issued a statement calling on all the group’s members to “denounce Fox and his comments.”
Fox replied to his critics by citing a quote from iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on Twitter.
This is the position I took last night and I live by in life. If you can improve on it, I’m all ears.
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
— LAURENCE FOX (@LozzaFox) January 17, 2020
“To be clear, I am in no way having the best day of my life ever drinking all these leftist tears,” Fox said in another tweet.
“My cup it overfloweth. But please don’t stop.”