British actor Laurence Fox has sparked outrage after tweeting a picture of himself wearing a COVID mask “exemption badge” he bought on Amazon.
The actor-turned-activist, 42, who regularly spouts anti-mask and lockdown views, appeared to suggest he suffered from “anxiety” while revealing the lanyard.
The Hole actor tweeted: “After a long period of consultation with myself, an extended review period and proper due diligence conducted with myself, I’ve received the badge that I ordered from Amazon.
“Thank you for being there for me. #anxiety.”
The lanyard says “mask exemption” and the badge itself reads: “I am exempt from wearing a face covering.”
Fox’s tweet, which has been shared thousands of times, prompted an angry response from Twitter users with many branding him “selfish”.
British MP Simon Hoare called Mr Fox a “nuclear-powered pr**k.”
He tweeted: “I hadn’t realised that being a first class, ocean going, chateau bottled, nuclear powered pr**k was an exemption from wearing a mask.
“What a selfish loathsome tool this man is.”
Another user, who said they were “extremely vulnerable” to the virus due to a severe lung condition, asked the actor: “What’s your excuse for putting me at risk?”
A third person posted: “Lets all get with the program and not undermine the best efforts of the [governments] and our people for doing the right thing.
“Try sending the right message out.”
Some people are exempt from wearing coverings on medical grounds, however they are not required to carry proof of the exemption.
In the UK, government guidelines also state that police may take action against those who do not comply with the rules “without a valid exemption”.
This is not the first time the outspoken actor – who last year launched an “anti-woke” political party – has sparked fury for his controversial views on the coronavirus pandemic.
In November, he appeared to encourage people to gather in large groups and “hug” adding: “If the NHS (National Health Service) can’t cope, then the NHS isn’t fit for purpose. Compliance is violence.”
That same month, Fox tweeted that he’d rather “wash his hair” than have the lifesaving COVID vaccine.
The Lewis actor’s new career as an activist began with appearance on BBC Question Time in January last year in which he clashed with an audience member over the press treatment of Meghan Markle.
The actor, who has two children with ex-wife Doctor Who star Billie Piper, has continually hit out at so-called “woke” culture and has formed his own political party ‘Reclaim’ which has reportedly raised $1.8 million in donations.
A Westminster insider called Reclaim “a Ukip for culture” which the Conservatives “should be frightened about”.
Fox said his three aims are to defend freedom of speech, reform publicly funded institutions, including the BBC, and to celebrate British history.
There have been 3.36 million confirmed cases of coronavirus so far across the UK, with almost 90,000 deaths recorded so far.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission