Louis Thereoux has revealed that he would be interested in making a documentary with far right activist, and EDL founder, Tommy Robinson.
Speaking to LADbible about Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, he said: “[A documentary with Robinson is] an interesting idea. I would never rule it out. I’m sort of at the point where I’m pretty up for trying different things and a single person profile – I think would be fun,
“Now I think it’s a case of finding the right person to do it and doing it in a way that feels a bit different from how we did it before. Tommy Robinson, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon as his actual name is – I think he’s going to court? I’d have to look in to that.”
Robinson was recently found to be in contempt of court after he live-streamed defendants accused of the sexual exploitation of young girls back in 2018. He will be sentenced this week.
There has been some controversy surrounding this ruling, as Robinson’s supporters claim it goes against free speech. However, Louis has some points to make on that too. He said: “All the media is subject to the same reporting restrictions and those are part of the collection of rules that guarantee your right to a fair trial.”
Well, all we know is that we would love to see that documentary.
In similar news, Louis Theroux is releasing a new documentary based on the Westboro Baptist Church.
Surviving America’s Most Hated family is due to be released later this year, and focuses on Megan, one of the family members who managed to leave the Church. He also meets a British man who is a fan of the WBC’s way of thinking due to his own struggle with the ever-changing landscape of modern Britain.
Speaking about the new documentary, Louis said: “I am always interested in how people change over time – physically and in their outlook – and even more so when they are involved in lifestyles that are somehow wrong-headed or self-sabotaging. “With our unique access to the inner workings of the Westboro Baptist Church over the last 13 years, we’ve been able to track the changes in an extreme religious group from the inside, and also from the perspective of its ex-members.”
The Church’s founder and patriarch Pastor Fred Phelps, also known as ‘Gramps’, died in 2014. Part of Louis’ will be investigation will look into what happens to the family after they lose such a large presence.
He continued: “We’ve been able to tell a story about indoctrination, where it comes from, how it is enforced, but also about deradicalisation, and the way in which a handful of those who were formerly zealots have managed to break free and take a kinder, less hateful view of the world.” He added: “Gramps’ angry and bigoted outlook had been the bedrock of Westboro’s practices and I was curious to see whether his death might have caused any kind of break up or re-evaluation within the church, especially since there had been rumours that Fred Phelps might have had some kind of change of heart at the end of his life,
“It was exciting going back for thirds. For their own reasons – to do with spreading their twisted take on the gospels – Westboro let me back in. For my part, it was a chance to see the strange machinations of psychology, religion and social conditioning.”
Louis Theroux: Surviving America’s Most Hated Family will air on BBC Two later in 2019.