Equity’s minority ethnic members committee has accused the union of damaging its credibility and leaving it without a voice, after it admitted to deleting a series of tweets about Laurence Fox.
The committee and the union have been locked in a bitter row following removal of the tweets, which the committee sent out on January 17 and which called on fellow actors to denounce actor Fox for comments he made on the BBC’s Question Time the night before.
Earlier this week, Equity issued a statement on its decision to remove the tweets, claiming rules had “inadvertently” been broken.
Now, the committee has issued a follow-up statement on its Twitter account, which had been locked by the union until January 21, four days after the initial tweets were sent out.
The committee said: “Actions by Equity following our statement [about Laurence Fox], including the deleting of our tweets and locking down of our personal Twitter account, damaged our credibility and left us without a voice, forcing committee members to make personal statements to correct press inaccuracies.”
It added that, contrary to Equity’s claims, the tweets about Fox were not sent out by two “rogue members”. It said it had sought to have the union clarify this in the statement it issued in response to the committee’s tweets, but was “disappointed by its omission”.
“We may have inadvertently broken rules but we stand by our criticism of behaviour that shuts down discussions of racism,” it said.
The committee said it intended to continue to be at the “forefront of the essential work needed to create a better future for minority ethnic members and the industry as a whole”.
“It remains to be seen how Equity will support us in that endeavour but we are hopeful and look forward to our upcoming meetings,” it said.