Laurence Fox is suffering from an acute case of “racism” fatigue. He doesn’t “hate” anyone. He is just tired of the exponential growth of hysterical and inflated accusations.
He has been accused of racism and white privilege so many times by insufferable virtue signaling middle class liberals that his eyes just automatically glaze over and roll back into his head. The Question Time audience physically groaned with FOX because they are so sick and tired of these little petty tyrants and their dominance over our culture.
“BBC Question Time made a brief foray onto the national news agenda recently after panellist Laurence Fox accused an audience member of racism when she described him as a “white, privileged male” during a discussion about the media’s treatment of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. The exchange set in motion a predictable chain of events: Fox began a tour of Britain’s TV and podcast studios, making a series of increasingly reactionary and attention-seeking statements. Across left-leaning social media, meanwhile, Fox was mocked with a mix of amusement, disdain and pity.
But focusing on the shallowness of Fox’s opinions elides the most important element of the Question Time spectacle: the fact that a significant chunk of the audience groaned as soon as the phrase “white privilege” was uttered. Fox was not the only person in that studio who was weary of contemporary antiracist discourse, and he wasn’t the only person willing to show it.
Indeed his Question Time performance is part of a trend for “anti-woke” celebrities, such as Piers Morgan (examples of his attention-grabbing antipathy to wokeness are too numerous to list here), the comedian Geoff Norcott, who complains about “lifestyle prefects”, and the Twitter parodist Andrew Doyle, who argues that “woke bullies” must be resisted. …”
“Laurence Fox has employed a new tactic in his war against people he considers ‘woke’ – by asking to meet his fiercest critics for coffee.
The English actor, 49, who kick-started his one-man campaign on Question Time two weeks ago with a furious row over whether Meghan Markle had been subjected to racism, has been prolific – and scathing – on Twitter ever since.
While the Lewis star continues to fight fire with verbal fire in 280 character-sleights on social media, he’s also now asking those who disagree with him to meet for coffee – with British-American commentator Bonnie Greer so far the only one agreeing. …
Having spent so long feeling silenced by the liberal consensus, people in this group have been given a new lease of life by the right’s new insurgents. Not only were they correct all along; they were actually victims, zealously persecuted by an oversensitive and censorious society. It is this righteous indignation that lends their antipathy to wokeness a defiant and almost celebratory quality. As a friend of mine puts it, we are living in “bigot Christmas”. “
Last year, I anticipated the Wokelash was coming on the basis of how previous crazes ended like witch hunting and the Cultural Revolution.
There will come a tipping point when the insanity, the pressure to conform to the latest fads and the bodies piling up by cancel culture becomes so intense that ordinary people and even celebrities will shove back against the upper middle class liberal scolds who forced this Maoist bullshit on to a passive public. It didn’t endure in the Soviet Union or China. We may have reached peak anti-racism in the West in the Donald Trump and Boris Johnson era and have started to take the first tepid steps back down to earth from this mania. The moment when these fanatics finally lost their authority and became the butt of jokes will only become obvious in hindsight.