The former presenter of The Great British Sewing Bee shared a simple but affective dig on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
Lycett simply wrote: "Being unemployed is a lifestyle choice."
Being unemployed is a lifestyle choice.
— Joe Lycett (@joelycett) November 13, 2023
The left wing comedian and political activist was referring to the former government minister’s controversial recent comment that homeless people who live in tents on city streets were making a “lifestyle choice”.
Stand-up comedian Lycett reacted to her comment by starting a campaign to raise money for homelessness charity Crisis.
Sharing a picture of a bowl of potpourri on Instagram he wrote: "My old friend Suella Braverman has described rough sleeping as a ‘lifestyle choice’. I always thought lifestyle choices were things such as cargo pants, fishing and decorating your bathroom with a bowl of potpourri.
"Let’s see if this image I found on google described as ‘Wooden Botanical Fragrant Potpourri Bowl With Lemon’ can raise £50,000 for homelessness charity @crisis_uk"
He later revealed he had surpassed the target of £50,000 and thanked Braverman.
He revealed: “I woke up this morning to see that a picture of a bowl of potpourri I posted just over two days ago has raised £50,000 for Crisis. A huge thank you to everyone who donated for their generosity.
“Of course my main thanks must go to Suella: without your lifestyle choice, of being callous and cruel towards the most vulnerable people in society, none of this would’ve happened.”
Suella Braverman sacking
James Cleverly has been appointed home secretary, after Suella Braverman was sacked over her controversial comments ahead of planned pro-Palestine protests around Armistice weekend.
Braverman has said in a statement: "It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as home secretary.
"I will have more to say in due course."
Joe Lycett and politics
Lycett has become as famous for his political protests as he is for his comedy.
In 2022 he called out David Beckham's support of the Qatar World Cup by pretending to shred £10,000 in protest - although he later revealed he had donated the money to LGBTQ+ charities.
Lycett shared the official deed poll changing his name to match that of the German fashion brand's treatment of small business who use the word 'boss' on social media.
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Joe Lycett raises £50,000 for homelessness charity with potpourri picture (Evening Standard, 3 min read)
Watch: Joe Lycett raises thousands for homelessness charity thanks to Suella Braverman