On 26 September 2023, Laurence Fox was invited to be a guest on Dan Wootton’s show on GB News. In the segment, Fox was asked to comment on statements made by journalist Ava Evans regarding men’s mental health.
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In the segment, Fox proceeded to say:
show me a single, self-respecting man that would like to climb into bed with that woman… ever… ever.
That little woman has been fed... spoon-fed oppression day after day after day, starting with the lie about the gender pay gap.
We need powerful, strong, amazing women who make great points for themselves. We don't need these feminist 4.0. They're pathetic and embarrassing.
Who'd want to s**g that?
After the segment, Dan Wootton apologised on X but it wasn’t enough. Both he and Laurence were suspended with immediate effect on 27 September and Laurence Fox still refuses to fully and credibly apologise to Ava Evans. But how did Laurence Fox, a former actor, end up on GB News as a known enemy of ‘woke culture’?
Laurence Fox: from actor to controversial presenter
Laurence Fox’ career started pretty uneventfully. He trained as an actor at a reputable drama school and started his acting career. He made his acting debut in 2001 in a horror-thriller. In 2006, Fox was cast as a lead in the ITV drama Lewis, a spin-off of the classic show Inspector Morse. In 2015, Fox and his co-star decided to retire their roles and move on from Lewis.
Laurence Fox also had a career on stage acting in classics such ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore. In the midst of his career, in 2007, Fox received a police caution after punching a photographer outside a theatre. Outside of acting, Fox also launched a career as a musician and he released his first album in 2016 and another one in 2019.
In 2020, Fox was dropped not by one but by two talent agencies. The second one dropped him after he said a public member was ‘racist’ for calling out his white privilege. However this was the result of what he himself calls his radicalism. It is reported that in an interview with The Times, Fox admitted that YouTube videos had led to his radical beliefs.
It therefore came to moderate surprise when new-born channel GB News hired Fox to host a show on Friday nights. The news channel claimed that it was the house of free speech. One of their values is: ‘the right of every individual to form and share their views’.
Fox really benefited from that value and so up until Tuesday 26 September 2023 when he pushed it too far.
Laurence Fox’ radicalism
Since his change of persona Laurence Fox has been at the heart of several controversies.
First off, his social media presence is in itself filled with controversy. For instance his X bio says ‘trans lesbian of colour’. Moreover, he uses X to broadcast his views in a… let’s call it relaxed way.
In 2020, Fox revealed himself as a Covid sceptic. In 2022, he wore a shirt that said ‘No vaccines needed. I have an immune system.’ Covid is far from being his only topic of discussion.
In the past and in his video statement from 28 September, Laurence Fox is a believer that the Black Lives Matter movement is not really about fighting systemic racism but that it is about ‘revenge.’ Moreover, in previous years he has expressed his dislike of non-white actors who speak of racism in the entertainment industry, only after they’re famous. About that he said:
The most annoying thing is the minute a black actor - it's the same with working-class actors - the minute they've got five million quid in the bank, every interview they do is about how racism is rampant and rife in the industry
Famously, Fox also tried to run for office and challenged Sadiq Khan for the job of Mayor of London under the flag of his own party, the Reclaim Party. He only got 47,000 votes.
The latest scandal regarding Ava Evans intertwines all of the previous scandals. Indeed, in the video which was expected to be an apology, he tackled the lack of free speech in Britain, his dislike of some feminists, Covid, BLM and also tried to make a point about a widespread hatred of men.
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