Actors’ union apologises for calling Laurence Fox ‘disgrace’

Friday, March 13, 2020

The performers’ union Equity has apologised to actor Laurence Fox over a series of tweets branding him a “disgrace” following his controversial Question Time appearance.

Fox faced a backlash after getting into a race row with an audience member on the BBC panel show - the episode received more than 250 complaints.

But after legal action by Fox, Equity has now issued an apoology over the now-deleted tweets labelling him a “disgrace”.

An out-of-court settlement was also reportedly agreed.

The union’s statement read: “We are sorry that in the tweets he was called a ‘disgrace’ by Equity.

“It was a mistake for Equity as an organisation to criticise him in this way.

“Nothing in Equity’s later statement was intended as a slur on his character or views or to suggest that he should be denied the ability to work. We would like to make that clear.

“Equity and Laurence Fox condemn prejudice unequivocally in all its forms.”

The apology then sparked the resignation of all committee members from the union’s Race Equality Committee, which posted the original tweets.

Following the statement, Fox broke his 19-day hiatus from Twitter to react to the news.

He wrote: “Hopefully this might an opportunity for us to continue to celebrate diversity in all its forms. Including diversity of opinion.”

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer said she was “delighted” by the news and offered “all credit and congratulations to Laurence Fox for standing his ground”.

She said: “I think it’s absolutely extraordinary someone expressing perfectly ordinary, reasonable, thoughtful views on a political discussion programme should effectively be branded a disgrace by the union because they’re not expressing the minority woke views of a small bunch of woke people on twitter.

“He spoke for an entire nation in my view and just spoke total sense and yet has been spurned by the so-called acting community because he didn’t share all of their views.

“I thought we didn’t live in a Big Brother Orwellian world and we were still allowed free speech in this country but according to Equity apparently not until this apology today.”

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