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Laurence Fox says terms like 'racist' and 'fascist' have become 'casual insults'

Laurence Fox has said he won't take a knee with Black Lives Matter protesters as it has 'master-servant' connotations.

The outspoken actor said he would only kneel 'to propose, before god or before the queen' but stressed that others should be 'free to do what they want'.

Speaking on the 76th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Fox also said terms such as 'racist' and 'fascist' are now just 'casual insults' and have lost the meaning they carried during the war.

Laurence Fox has said he won't take a knee with Black Lives Matter protesters as it has a 'master-servant' conotation

This week, police officers were photographed kneeling in front of Black Lives Matter protesters in London. The move showed solidarity with demonstrators 

Fox also took to Twitter to remember those who fought on D-Day 76 years ago today

He said: 'These men died on the beaches on Normandy so people are free to do what they want and if you want to take a knee, you can take a knee you just won't find me doing it.

'I'm not a particularly religious man but the times I would kneel are to propose, before god or before the queen.

'It's a master-servant relationship that comes with taking a knee that I'm uncomfortable with. 

'But that's my view and anybody else who wants to do what they want to do must feel free to do that as well.'

This week, police officers were photographed kneeling in front of Black Lives Matter protesters in London. The move showed solidarity with demonstrators.

Police officers were seen getting down on one knee in front of protesters outside Downing Street this week

Police are generally advised by their senior officers to refrain from any behaviour that might bring their impartiality into question

The actor hit the headlines earlier this year after he accused ethnicity lecturer Rachel Boyle of 'being racist' after she called him 'a white privileged male' for denying the Duchess of Sussex was hounded from Britain for being mixed-race.

In his TalkRadio interview this morning he added: 'It's worth remembering today that hundreds of thousands of soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy 76 years ago to fight fascism which was a real word back then and has now turned into a casual insult.

The actor hit the headlines earlier this year after he accused ethnicity lecturer Rachel Boyle of 'being racist' after she called him 'a white privileged male' for denying the Duchess of Sussex was hounded from Britain for being mixed-race

'And what we want to do is try and keep words like "racist" and "fascist" and all of those and apply them to what they genuinely mean and not use them as casual insults.

'So, it's a very difficult thing because there is racism in the world and it needs to be confronted. 

'But also again overreaching the use of words like "racist" and "fascist" are unhelpful to the original cause of trying to get these things out and condemn them together. 

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