‘Drinking all these leftist tears!’ Laurence Fox mocks critics after Question Time row

Responding to a claim from an audience member that the media’s treatment of Meghan amounted to “racism”, Mr Fox responded: “It’s not racism… we’re the most tolerant, lovely country in Europe. “It’s so easy to throw the charge of racism and it’s really starting to get boring now.”

The audience member then described Fox as a “white, privileged male”, to which he responded: “I can’t help what I am, I was born like this, it was an immutable characteristic.

“To call me a white privileged male is to be racist.”

Footage of the exchange was heavily shared online, with many social media users criticising Mr Fox for his comments.

However, the British actor, who was married to Billie Piper until 2016, has now mocked the furore as “Christmas come early”.

He said on Twitter: “Speak truth to nonsense.”

And he later posted: “To be clear, I am in no way having the best day of my life ever drinking all of these leftist tears.

“My cup it overfloweth.

“But please don’t stop.”

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A third user added: “What a breath of fresh air ... an actor who doesn’t subscribe to this PC madness and sees the world for what it is.”

Further discussing Meghan and Harry’s decision to quit as senior royals, Mr told host Fiona Bruce: “When you’re younger you do want to make a life for yourselves.

“So I do empathise with them, but I do think there’s a little bit of having your cake and eating it which I don’t enjoy.”

Mr Fox also attracted attention on the BBC programme for comments about climate change.

Joking about the hypocrisy of celebrities who fly regularly, Fox said: “The carbon footprint’s huge.

“But we make up for it by preaching to everyone how they should change their life.”

He also faced backlash when asked who he was backing in the Labour leadership race.

Mr Fox replied: “Keir Starmer because he just looks like he can take Boris on quite well.”

Baroness Chakrabarti, who was also on the panel, asked if this meant he didn’t rate any of the four women candidates, Emily Thornberry, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips and Rebecca Long-Bailey.

But he put his head in his hands and exclaimed: “It’s not about women!”

He added: “Sorry, let me rewind, any of the women.

“Because it’s really important what gender you are rather than your policies and how you approach politics.”

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