‘An actor’s union has backtracked from comments it posted online branding Laurence Fox a ‘disgrace to our industry’ and calling on members to ‘unequivocally denounce him’ for comments he made on Question Time about Megxit.
Equity posted the statements online before later deleting them and claiming that they had been published by two rogue members of its Minority Ethnic Members committee.
However, in a later twist, actor and Equity MEM committee member Jassa Ahluwalia claimed the statement had been approved before being shared on social media.
The row comes after Fox, 41, accused university lecturer Rachel Boyle of ‘being racist’ on Question Time after she called him ‘a white privileged male’ for denying the Duchess of Sussex was hounded from Britain for being mixed-race.
In the since-deleted posts, Equity called his words ‘disgraceful playing to the gallery’ and dubbed him a ‘disgrace to our industry’.
The union’s intervention triggered fury on social media, with actress and member Alice Evans saying: ‘This is not fair. Equity you are speaking on behalf of thousands of actors who have not shared this opinion. This is beyond your mandate.
‘I have not expressed views on either side but as a member of Equity I have certainly NOT denounced Laurence Fox and neither should my union be doing so on my behalf. Kind of shocked.’
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