Laurence Fox labels BBC 'corrupt organisation that sows division' amid calls for it to be defunded

Danny Thompson
Laurence Fox attends the Walpole British Luxury Awards 2019 at The Dorchester on November 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Walpole)

Actor Laurence Fox has called for the BBC to be defunded, labelling it a “corrupt organisation that sows division”.

Fox took to Twitter to respond to a post from BBC Countryfile’s account which highlighted how “many in Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups see the countryside as being a white environment”.

The post appeared to anger Fox, who quoted the initial tweet to demand the BBC be defunded.

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Responding, the 42-year-old said: “Having lived in the countryside for 10 years, I’m fairly confident nature doesn’t give a f*** what colour you are.”

In a separate tweet, he added: “Defund this rubbish. Nature isn’t racist. Get a grip.” He signed off the tweet with the hashtag #DefundTheBBC.

He later tweeted: “The @bbc is a corrupt organisation that sows division between friends. If they want to compete for our appreciation, they should do so within the free market.”

The rallying cry to #DefundTheBBC appears to have gathered momentum recently, with Twitter accounts, websites and Go Fund Me pages now active, referring to itself as a grassroots campaign.

Fox, who is known for appearing in TV series such as Lewis, The Frankenstein Chronicles and White Lines, made headlines earlier this year after appearing on Question Time.

He has since been waging a very public war against all things “woke”, something he says had led to him fearing for his ability to secure acting work.

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In February he tweeted: “I find that I wake up in dread of what’s to come. I’m a fairly private if opinionated person and it’s been very painful and difficult to cope with. However I also believe in passionately in free speech. I stand wholeheartedly by people’s right to express themselves.

“But I am fearing for my future and my ability to provide financially for my children. A thought that keeps has kept me awake most nights. People tell me it will blow over, but when you are in it, it doesn’t feel like it will...”

He recently set up a Patreon account for fans who wanted to “support the great un-cancelling of Lozza Fox” by donating money to him each month on the site or via PayPal.