Provocateur and occasional actor Laurence Fox is under fire from his fellow celebs for telling Brits to “take off your masks” and that their “freedom is on the line”.
Laurence, 42, wrote: “Take off your masks.
“Gather in groups, love, hug and toast each other this Christmas.
“Question every word this on the hoof, arbitrary and extremist government feeds you. They are lost.”
Laurence added: “Your freedom is on the line. Stand down @borisjohnson.”
The PM announced the drastic changes after a new strain of the coronavirus was discovered, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock warning the new Covid-19 variant is “out of control”.
The way in which the virus has mutated means that it is now able to spread much more easily, scientists have said.
But that has not fazed the dad-of-two, who was formerly married to actress Billie Piper, and been an outspoken critic of the government’s measures to further prevent the spread of Covid.
Laurence received a stream of backlash to his tweet, including from celebrities led by TV presenter Fern Britton.
She warned the actor to not “send people into unknown danger”
“What do you know about this virus that the scientists don’t? Do you not believe it exists? That it cannot kill?” Fern wrote in reply to Laurence’s provocative tweet.
“Or are you, rightly, frustrated at this governments lack of speed in containment? Either way, now is not the time to send people into unknown danger.”
The self-described “fierce liberal” launched the Reclaim Party this year which he claims will “take back British values from politicians who have lost touch with the people”.
Reclaim’s main aims seek to defend freedom of speech, reform publicly funded institutions – such as the BBC – and celebrating British history.
Other commentators have called it “a Ukip for culture” as Laurence’s controversial views have started to hurt him in the pocket.
In November, his acting agent dropped him “by phone”, but that only galvanised the actor’s resolve.
“I want to thank my acting agent who let me go on the phone just now for reaffirming exactly why I am doing what I’m doing,” he wrote on Twitter at the time.
“Still waiting for a single example of anything I’ve ever said or done that could ever be deemed racist.
“We will reclaim freedom, fairness and common sense”.
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