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Laurence Fox, 42, became embroiled in a heated Twitter exchange at the weekend. It comes after the actor and aspiring politician hit out at the supermarket for “promoting racial segregation and discrimination”.
Laurence called upon his social media followers to boycott the supermarket chain, who tweeted: “We are proud to celebrate Black History Month together with our Black colleagues, customers and communities and we will not tolerate racism.
“We proudly represent and serve our diverse society and anyone who does not want to shop with an inclusive retailer is welcome to shop elsewhere.”
Crystal – who was a contestant on the first season of hit show Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK – said in a Twitter statement on Tuesday that they were suing the actor for defamation.
The reality star’s announcement followed a similar stance from deputy chair of LGBT charity Stonewall, Simon Blake, who also said he would pursue legal action against him.
He had been going back and forth with a number of Twitter users which included Crystal – whose real name is Colin Munro.
Laurence had accused Sainsbury’s of “promoting racial segregation and discrimination” and promised to boycott the supermarket chain after it shared a statement about Black History Month.
“I won’t be shopping in your supermarket ever again while you promote racial segregation and discrimination. I sincerely hope others join me,” he wrote on the micro-blogging site.
The actor was immediately hit with backlash and among those calling him out was Crystal, who responded: “Imagine being this proud of being a racist! So cringe. Total snowflake behaviour.”
Laurence replied to those who slammed him over his boycott plans, and in a now deleted tweet allegedly called Crystal a “paedophile”.
The Drag Race star is now seeking legal action against Laurence.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Crystal penned: “On Sunday, I criticised Laurence Fox for his views regarding Sainsburys celebrating Black History Month and their commitment to making positive steps towards racial equality.
“While I am very wary of corporate virtue signalling, the fact remains that we do NOT live in a society that is equal.”
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The reality star went on: “Incarceration rates, mortality rates during childbirth, and death rates related to COVID being some of the more obvious examples of the ways in which Black people and other ethnic minorities are treated as lower-class citizens in this country.
“I suggest anyone that truly cares about racial inequality should welcome steps a corporation takes to attempt to address it (while yes, perhaps remaining critical of their motivations, or holding them to account in other areas), rather than calling for a boycott.”
Crystal continued: “In response to my criticism on Sunday, Mr Fox seriously defamed me, and I have instructed Mark Lewis of Patron Law to sue on my behalf.
“I will not stand for racism when I see it, and I will not stand for homophobic defamation when it is directed at me.
“An accusation of paedophilia is one of the oldest homophobic tropes, and it was very shocking to have that levelled at me, not just by Mr Fox, but also his many followers who believed him.”
Crystal finished: “I may have had to endure homophobic bullying as a child, but I will not tolerate it as an adult.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has voiced their support.”
Laurence has since removed his posts, writing on Sunday: “I have deleted the tweets posted yesterday, in response to being repeatedly, continuously and falsely smeared as a racist.”
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