Brian Cox Says ‘Fascist’ Cancel Culture Is ‘A Virus’ and ‘Modern Day McCarthyism’


Succession star Brian Cox described the so-called cancel culture as “a kind of modern-day McCarthyism”.

In an interview with Piers Morgan, Cox also said he thought there was something “deeply unfair” about the treatment of JK Rowling.

Critics have accused the Harry Potter author of being transphobic, an allegation she strongly denies.

Appearing on Morgan’s show Uncensored on TalkTV, Cox likened cancel culture to a form of fascism.

The 75-year-old Scottish actor, who plays media mogul Logan Roy in the hit HBO drama, said: ‘It’s kind of modern McCarthyism really. It’s kind of a raid on people’s sensibilities to reduce them and make them… I don’t know, there’s so much hypocrisy in all of this.

“I find all this completely hypocritical. I’m not religious, but there’s one thing in the Bible where it says, “Let him or her who has not sinned cast the first stone” and there seems to be a lot of stone flowing. And it’s like a virus.

Morgan referenced the billionaire’s comments Elon Muskwho described what he calls a “woke virus” in modern society.

Cox replied, “It’s total fascism. You’re absolutely right. It’s total fascism… You see, it’s still hypocrisy. The hypocritical notion of “I’m liberal”, but in fact you’re a fascist and people should just stop and behave themselves. »

Brian Cox, appearing on ‘Piers Morgan Uncensored’ on TalkTV (TalkTV)

Harry Potter movie stars Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Eddie Redmayne are among those who have publicly disapproved of Rowling over her gender comments.

Cox said he hadn’t previously felt comfortable addressing the issue of JK Rowling, but added: “I thought there was something deeply unfair about it. And I just felt that.

“It happens over and over again. It’s not just people who get canceled. They are also people like their families, like their children, like their parents.

“It has such ramifications. This creates like an earthquake situation.

Cox also appeared to defend the Hollywood actor Bill Murray after Searchlight Pictures suspended production of the film Being Mortal to investigate a complaint filed against it.

Murray, 71, has since described the incident as “a difference of opinion”.

Cox said: “In my business it grabs because all of a sudden projects (are affected). Bill Murray the other day, he made a remark and was taken offensively. The photo he was taking stopped, the whole thing.

“Bill went on, I think it was CNN, and explained himself, I thought rather brilliantly, saying, ‘It’s about times that have changed, I grew up in a time and I meet me at another time and it is very difficult to know how to approach this time”.

“Where are we going? How do we get in? Where is the front door to make a conversation, to even prank with each other.

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