Leading actor David Harewood has called out fellow actor Laurence Fox over controversial comments about black actors.
Fox, best known for his leading role as DS James Hathaway in ITV series Lewis, hit the headlines last week after becoming embroiled in a row over ‘white privilege’ on BBC Question Time.
During a debate on whether it was racism that has caused Meghan Markle to quit the UK, academic Rachel Boyle branded Fox ‘a white privileged male’ after his claim that Britain was ‘he most tolerant, lovely country in Europe’.
Now Fox has again caused controversy.
Speaking on a podcast hosted by right-wing commentator James Delingpole, Fox said: “The most annoying thing is the minute a black actor – it’s the same with working class actors – the minute they’ve got five million quid in the bank, every interview they do is about how racism is rampant and rife in the industry.”
“And with working class actors, ‘There’s not enough working class actors’. You weren’t saying that when you didn’t have a f*****g pot to p**s in were you?”
However Harewood hit back at Fox’s comments.
He tweeted: “I’ve been speaking up on the lack of work for black actors in the UK for about 20 years. I’m now acting in and directing American television… and I still don’t have 5 million quid.”
He added: “I don’t need to @ Mr Fox. He is an irrelevance to me, his ideas are so common I’ve been dealing with them most of my life. It’s standard, normal. I just have to do my best to navigate around such opinions.”
Harewood was backed by other leading figures from the entertainment world.
Popular actress Maxine Peake tweeted: “Black & w/c actors can only speak the truth once they’re established – their voices aren’t heard before.
“Posh actors, on the other hand, only complain when they want attention.”
Peake added: “Anything s**t to sell @LozzaFox or is it just a coincidence you’ve gone right wing? Hope it’s worth it.”