Emmerdale hit by anti-vaxx row as star James Hooten compares UK Covid jab rollout to Nazi party

Emmerdale hit by anti-vaxx row as star James Hooten compares UK Covid jab rollout to Nazi party

EMMERDALE'S anti-vax star James Hooton has compared the UK government's Covid-19 jab rollout to the Nazi party.

The actor slammed Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his band of politians, comparing them to totalitarian leader Big Brother in George Orwell's 1984.


James, 48, has previously claimed that his immune system and taking vitamins were enough to help him fight the deadly disease.

He has been promoting anti-vaccination messages on his social platforms for months and slamming the UK's vaccine rollout.

Now the Sam Dingle actor has taken to Twitter to compare the rollout to the rise of the Nazis by invoking a Winston Churchill quote.

"The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears," he quoted of George Orwell's chilling dystopian novel 1984.

"It was their final, most essential command. And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth."

He followed up with the Churchill quote, which was made after Hitler eized Czechoslovakia before the Second War.

"You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves," the then Prime Minister said.

His anti-vaccination stance is said to be causing heads to be scratched within ITV due to strict filming rules on the soap.

Emmerdale – and Coronation Street – were locked down for months during the pandemic and resumed filming under strict social distancing measures.

Recently, the rules were relaxed, allowing the stars of the soap to form bubbles and then take regular Covid tests before filming.

Most of the cast and crew on the soaps have had both their doses of the Covid vaccination, but some are refusing to get the jab.

Sam Dingle star James has been vocal on Twitter about not wanting to get the vaccine – and slamming British politicians.

He recentyl hit out at Health Secretary Sajid Javid for advocating that all health care workers should be vaccinated.

“Is a divisive vaccine apartheid in the workplace really a proportionate approach to protect the fully vaccinated vulnerable in a care home or any other workplace setting?" he asked.

“The virus discriminates, attacking the susceptible, why should we discriminate? 0.1-0.3 per cent fatality rate.”

He also regularly likes and re-tweets messages promoting natural immunity to Covid and anti-vaccination messages.

Last night an ITV source revealed: “James is totally allowed his own opinion but what does cause some head-scratching and worry at ITV is that he’s a person in the public eye and what he says does carry some weight.

“As a company, ITV stands very much behind the government’s message of a mass-vaccination and in fact, if the country didn’t have such a high rate of vaccination, then James might be out of a job right now because Emmerdale could well still be locked down and not recording any episodes for him to star in.”

ITV declined to comment on James' anti-vaccination stance.


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