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Fern Britton hits back at accusations of ‘virtue signalling’ as she skips demonstration

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Fern Britton, 62, was criticised by a follower after she posted the hashtag Black Lives Matter UK in response to a shocking video that shows a police officer setting a dog on a black man in the United States.

I believe all humans are equal

Fern Britton

One response that caught the attention of Fern said: “I didn’t see you in London at the demo.  

“It’s easy to bandy about words when you’re safely and financially nicely removed from this world.  

“No one likes a virtue-signalling hypocrite,” they added.

This prompted Fern to justify her actions with a strongly worded response to the accusation.

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She replied: “ I believe all humans are equal. I am not removed from this world, but I am socially distancing.

“However I would never hurt or abuse anyone because of their ethnicity,gender,religion, sexuality, or what they do or don’t have. #BlackLivesMatterUK.”

Many of her 73.8k followers agreed with Fern and told her to ignore “keyboard warriors” as they concurred that it would be hard to socially distance at a protest.

One follower said: “Well said Fern. You don’t need to explain yourself to anyone though especially trolls.”

Another replied: “A majority of us totally agree #blacklivesmatter without doubt, but our children and families matter more at this awful time.”

A third commented: “@Fern_Britton ‘s track record speaks for itself. Complying with the rules is not hypocritical. How we live our lives is more telling, In this Fern is exemplary.”

It comes as yesterday saw thousands of Londoners take to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd in the USA.

23 people were arrested during the battle between police and protestors outside the US embassy.

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Many activists were pictured holding placards that read “no justice, no peace” as similar demonstrations took place in the United States.

George died after a Minneapolis police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck in a widely circulated video.

At the time of the Black Lives Matter protest, it was illegal to socialise in groups of more than two until rules changed today allowing six people to meet in public.

This did not deter Britons from taking to the streets of central London to make a statement.

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However, newly single Ferne remains in lockdown at her home in Cornwall, as she gears up to release her next novel Daughters of Cornwall.

Since quitting This Morning back in 2009, she has released seven books inspired by the British coast 

Her latest offering, released on June 11, is said to tell the story of family, love and Blitz spirit.

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