Laurence Fox angers Twitter users with ‘joke’ at expense of Black Lives Matter protest

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Laurence Fox, 42, joked that his Instagram was not working, as millions across the globe filled their feeds with black squares with the hashtag #blackouttueday. The movement was created to demonstrate racial injustice and inequality to people of colour in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the US.

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Tweeting to his 183,000 followers, Laurence wrote: “Instagram seems to be broken.”

Immediately this sparked a flurry of outraged responses from fans.

One wrote: “Obviously your thinking is. Making a joke about people showing solidarity for the appalling way black people have been & are still being treated for generations is pretty twisted.”(sic)

Another replied: “I hope u never have anyone kneeling on your neck for 8 mins then consequently die from it unbelievable.”(sic)

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A third commented: “No Laurence. People are ending racism.”

However, there were others who agreed with the actor and called the move a display of “virtue signalling”.

One user tweeted: “Virtual signalling people are out in force on insta. Aaaah sad.”

A second added: “They’re just having a sackcloth and ashes narcissist party over there today. It will be mostly back to normal tomorrow.”

Another quipped back: “It’s depressing, they’re all sheep. The majority have no idea why they have a black screen.”

The controversial statement by Laurence follows a series of remarks that have divided social media this year from the Lewis star.

Back in January, he appeared on BBC’s Question Time and hit back at an audience member who claimed the press treatment of Meghan Markle amounted to racism.

“It’s not racism,” he said. “We’re the most tolerant, lovely country in Europe.

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“It’s so easy to throw the charge of racism and it’s really starting to get boring now.”

The audience member then described Laurence as a “white, privileged male”, to which he responded: “To call me a white, privileged male is to be racist.”

Equity labelled him a “disgrace” over his appearance on January’s Question Time.

After feeling “bullied” by the backlash following the show, Laurence decided to delete his Instagram.

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Just 19 days later he returned to share the news that Equity had said sorry for their comments.

The union tweeted an apology for the tweets, saying it was a “mistake for [them] as an organisation to criticise him in this way”.

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