Speaking to TalkRadio, the actor said he would only kneel “to propose, before god or before the queen” but emphasised that others should be “free to do what they want”. Mr Fox was interviewed on the 76th anniversary of the D-Day landings and claimed that terms such as “racist” and “fascist” are now “casual insults” which have lost the meaning they held during the war.
Speaking on TalkRadio he said: “These men died on the beaches of Normandy so people are free to do what they want and if you want to talk a knee, you can take a knee you just won’t find me doing it.
“I’m not a particularly religious man but the times I would kneel are to propose, before god or before the queen.
“It’s a master-servant relationship that comes with taking a knee that I’m uncomfortable with.”
He continued: “But that’s my view and anybody else who wants to do what they want to do must feel free to do that as well.”
Laurence Fox announced that he won’t “take a knee” in support of Black Lives Matter protesters
The protests were held in cities across the UK
This week saw police officers in the UK kneeling in front of Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
Choosing to knee shows solidarity with the anti-racism protests.
Earlier this year, Mr Fox accused the ethnicity lecturer and researcher, Rachel Boyle, of being racist after she called the actor “a white privileged male” during a Question Time debate about the Duchess of Sussex.
Since this encounter, Mr Fox reportedly quit Twitter stating that he was becoming “more and more depressed” following a social media backlash.
Mr Fox was interviewed on the 76th anniversary of the D-Day landings
Speaking to TalkRadio he continued: “It’s worth remembering today that hundreds of thousands of soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy 76 years ago to fight fascism which was a real word back then and has now turned into a casual insult.
“And what we want to do is try and keep words like “racist” and “fascist” and all of those and apply them to what they genuinely mean and not use them as casual insults.
“So, it’s a very difficult thing because there is racism in the world and it needs to be confronted.”
He added: “But also again overreaching the use of words like ‘racist’ and ‘fascist’ are unhelpful to the original cause of trying these things out and condemn them together.”
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Choosing to knee shows solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests
Mr Fox claimed that terms such as “racist” and “fascist” are now “casual insults”
This comes as thousands of protestors took to the streets on Saturday to demonstrate against racism following the death of George Floyd in the US.
The protests were held in cities across the UK including London, Manchester, Cardiff, Leicester and Sheffield.
Demonstrations went ahead despite the government and officials advising people against mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, tweeted on Friday night: “Please for the safety of all of us, do not attend large gatherings – including protests – of more than six people this weekend.”
While the Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the “health protection regulations are clear that it is unlawful” to take part in the mass gatherings.
The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, also warned Britons on Friday during the daily briefing not to attend large anti-racism protests.
He told the public to think of “the safety of their loved ones” and said that Covid-19 infections still remain a “real threat”.
Thousands of protestors took to the streets on Saturday to demonstrate against racism
Mr Hancock said: “I understand why people are deeply upset but we are still facing a health crisis and coronavirus remains a real threat.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that he would not be attending protests over the weekend.
However, he urged those who are going to attend protests to follow “medical and scientific advice”.