‘Laurence Fox today quoted Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech following his Question Time slanging match with an ethnicity lecturer over Meghan Markle and goaded critics about loving their ‘leftist tears’ and ‘giggling at their expense’.
The 41-year-old accused Rachel Boyle, an academic at Edge Hill University on Merseyside, of ‘being racist’ after she called him ‘a white privileged male’ for denying the Duchess of Sussex was hounded from Britain for being mixed-race.
As the row continued today he has shared an excerpt of Dr King’s 1963 speech about living in a nation where children ‘will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character’.
He said: ‘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’.
The star of ITV drama Lewis and former husband of actress Billie Piper also revealed his Twitter feed has been flooded with abusive messages – but urged the trolls to keep them coming.
He suggested he was ‘having the best day of my life ever’ and was ‘drinking all of these leftist tears’, adding: ‘My cup it overfloweth. But please don’t stop’.
His opponent Ms Boyle said today she’s ‘not a**sed’ about the row and tweeted: ‘Fell out with @LozzaFox (not a***d), upset a (majority white) audience (not a***d) but called the treatment of Meghan Markle what it is ‘racism’. Thank you to @bbcquestiontime for having me’.’