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Rebecca Front blocks Lewis co-star Laurence Fox over All Lives Matter claims


Laurence Fox and Rebecca Front
Rebecca seems to have blocked Laurence on Twitter (Picture: Getty)

Laurence Fox believes he’s been ‘cancelled’ by Rebecca Front after the actress blocked him due to his ‘All Lives Matter’ claims. 

The Lewis star has called his falling out with Front ‘the most painful cancellation I have had yet’, after The Thick Of It star disagreed with him on his opinions on the Black Lives Matter movement.

After tweeting: ‘Every single human life is precious. The end’ following the death of George Floyd, the actor wrote in a column for The Spectator: ‘Righteous global outrage at a cruel and vile killing has morphed into a different agenda. Similar things have happened with other movements; #MeToo, Extinction Rebellion, Brexit, even the Covid-19 pandemic. 

‘The left rightly expose great chasms of inequality and hypocrisy in society — then proceed to throw themselves like lemmings into that void, unable to obey their own edicts.

‘Desperately important causes have been politicised to the point of meaninglessness, opportunities for action hijacked swiftly by the cynical actors.’   

He has since used the hashtag #AllLivesMatter rather than #BlackLivesMatter. 

Today, the 42-year-old shared a screenshot of a text conversation with Front, as well as revealing that the 56-year-old had blocked him.

In the messages, Fox asked: ‘Why would you block me? Have I said anything that could upset you? What a shame. Anyway, you are never blocked from me.’

Front, who played Jean Innocent opposite Fox’s James Hathaway in Lewis, replied: ‘Oh Lol, I think it was the #AllLivesMatter stuff that finally tipped me over the edge It seems to me so glaringly obvious that All Lives Matter – you’d have to be a psychopath to disagree – that it should be equally obvious it doesn’t need a slogan.

‘Black Lives are systematically undervalued. Their work opportunities are fewer, their health outcomes far worse, the criminal justice system works against them. I think the least we can do is let them have a f***ing slogan.


The pair starred together on Lewis (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

‘But there are many, many things we clearly disagree on and, fond as I am of you, looking at your Twitter feed I just felt uncomfortable about the company you’re keeping.

‘I’m sorry. I wish you and your lovely boys well. We’ll just have to agree to differ.’

Fox replied: ‘“The least we’re can do is let them have a f***ing slogan.” Jesus/

‘It’s ok to disagree. But it’s the right thing to do to talk first before you cancel me. Especially given how racist the phrase you just wrote is. I thought we had more in common.’

The actor tweeted: ‘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. #AllLivesMattter [sic].’

The actor has been mocked for the post, with many people explaining in the replies that blocking someone or disagreeing with them doesn’t mean they are cancelling you.

In response to one person who tweeted: ‘Blocking someone isn’t ‘cancelling’ them. You’ve made it a public issue, she hasn’t’, Fox wrote: ‘Oh, I’m so sorry Aaron. I should have double checked the meaning of the words I’m permitted to use with you before deploying them. It won’t happen again.

‘On another point. You don’t own the language. Have a nice day.’

Elsewhere, other famous faces have defended Front, with Chizzy Akadolu writing: ‘Worked with Rebecca Front on Death in Paradise. I adored her before that. Besotted afterwards. She’s funny, professional and extremely caring. Please read the whole exchange with Lawrence Fox before commenting on what she said. Context is everything!!’

Her The Thick Of It co-star Chris Addison tweeted: ‘For the record, Rebecca Front is – and always has been – one of the greatest humans. I love her’, while Katy Brand wrote: ‘Always loved working and chatting with Rebecca Front. Long days on set will show who someone really is (ahem), and she has never been anything less than patient, fun and totally on her game however late it gets. Total babe.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Front’s rep for comment. 

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