British actor John Cleese is taking no chance with what he sees as the “awakened” mob, even if it means canceling an upcoming appearance at his own grad school.
Cleese took to the social media platform on Tuesday excitement To announce that a fellow attendee has withdrawn from appearing at a leading UK institution after being blocked by “awakened” staff and students.
“I was looking forward to speaking to the students at Cambridge Union this Friday, but I heard someone there was blacklisted for impersonating Hitler,” Cleese told her 5.6 million Twitter followers. “I’m sorry I did the same at a Monty Python show, so I’m blacklisting myself before anyone else does.”
It was a 1970s sitcom. Fawlty Towers Cleese impersonated Hitler while playing the character of Basil Fawlty.
Cleese was particularly referring to actor and art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon, who, during a videotaped meeting, used a German accent and impersonated the dictator. Graham-Dixon said the action was satirical and aimed to “underline the utterly evil nature of Hitler and his regime”. Due to impersonation, the Cambridge Union said it would not be invited back.
Cleese, for her part, would appear as part of a documentary series titled. Cancel MeHere she interviews those who claim to be victims of “cancellation culture”. Instead, it essentially “canceled” itself.
In a second tweet, the 82-year-old expressed regret and horror to fans over the current “awakened” culture and its stifling effect on comedy.
It’s a behavior pattern of a recent comedy actor. last year criticized BBC when you remove a part Fawlty Towers because it contained a racist insult.
“My apologies to anyone in Cambridge hoping to speak to me, but maybe some of you will find a place where wake-up rules don’t apply,” he wrote after his first tweet.
This received a mixed reaction from fans.
“Isn’t that a bit pathetic? It’s not okay to say racist and anti-Semitic things while impersonating Hitler: it’s actually not okay to say them under any circumstances emoji),” wrote @biiirby.
@darrengrimes said, “I love that. John Cleese has decided to leave Cambridge Union due to his recent censorship moves.”
Last November, the co-founder of the Monty Python comedy group faced backlash after sharing a screenshot of his September 30 tweet with a signed letter expressing “solidarity”. Harry Potter Author JK Rowling, who was criticized for comments on transgender people in a controversial article.
The letter was also signed by novelist Ian McEwan and playwright Tom Stoppard, describing his treatment as “an example of hate speech against himself and other women that Twitter and other platforms have enabled and implicitly endorsed.”
When asked about her thoughts on Rowling’s position, Cleese said she was “not that interested” in the matter.
“I’m afraid I’m not that interested in trans people,” she wrote. “I hope they are happy and people treat them well.”
Cleese clarified that she focuses more on other issues in America, such as “threats to democracy”, police brutality, and “terrible British press”.