Minor actor and even less important musician Laurence Fox has enjoyed his brief period in the limelight recently, being feted by the not-really-racist-honestly right wing because he allegedly tells it like it is, and is not “woke”, not like all those PC types who object to bigotry and prejudice. But populist fame has had unintended consequences.
Fox wasn’t having any of that, and as is his wont, he combined playing the victim with sly publication of a direct message exchange with Ms Front which he must have known would instigate a pile-on against her. As a result, he was subjected to much adverse comment and his already declining reputation as a human being took another nose-dive.
This was Tweeted out alongside the snivelling “This is the most painful cancellation I have had yet. From someone I spent 10 happy years working with, many lovely family dinners and lots and lots of laughs. Someone I thought was a friend #AllLivesMatter”. That’s one hell of a king size onion he’s working there. But only a nanoviolin.
And so it came to pass that Fox told his followers yesterday afternoon “Earlier I tweeted a private text message. It isn’t true to my values to make a private conversation public just to make a point. I regret it. I would like to apologise to [Rebecca Front] for doing so. I’m going to delete the tweet and try to build bridges rather than burn them”.
The popularity of Laurence Fox was for a time, but not for all time. Good thing too.