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John Cleese Lights the Fuse: 'London Not Really an English City Anymore'

The left explodes as Monty Python actor triggers backlash over immigration comments

 on 30th May 2019 @ 12.00pm
actor john cleese triggered a backlash by saying london no longer feels like an english city © press
Actor John Cleese triggered a backlash by saying London no longer feels like an English city

Legendary actor John Cleese has triggered a liberal meltdown after saying that he feels London no longer feels like an "English city."

Cleese, of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers fame, lit the fuse on Wednesday by saying “London is not really an English city any more” on Twitter.

Mr. Cleese, who's an open supporter of Brexit, doubled down on his previous claim that London has long lost its identity as a British city.

“Some years ago I opined that London was not really an English city any more,” the Basil Fawlty actor wrote.

“Since then, virtually all my friends from abroad have confirmed my observation,” Cleese, who is not right-wing, added.

"So there must be some truth in it."

“I note also that London was the UK city that voted most strongly to remain in the EU,” he concludes.

london mayor sadiq khan says  diversity  is the english capital s  greatest strength © press
London Mayor Sadiq Khan says 'diversity' is the English capital's 'greatest strength'

According to Breitbart, from the tweet's context, it appears that Cleese was making note of the fact that London is highly Euro-centric being the biggest supporter of staying in the EU than the rest of the country.

But many attackers assumed that Cleese was revealing his racism by attacking the majority of Londoners who are foreigners.

For instance, British journalist Jon Stone slammed the A Fish Called Wanda star for being a “bigot.”

“The only thing damaging British culture here is John Cleese turning out to be a bigot and thus spoiling the enjoyment of his back-catalogue,” Stone wrote.

TV presenter Rick Edwards added, “Just when you think you can’t love John Cleese any more!! It turns out you can’t.”

Naturally, the 79-year-old comedian’s tweet sparked a firestorm among Brexit “remainers” who were critical of Cleese and his slam on London, not the least of which was London’s first Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan.

Khan accused Cleese of acting just like his prickly Fawlty Towers character, Basil Fawlty.

“These comments make John Cleese sound like he’s in character as Basil Fawlty,” Khan insisted.

“Londoners know that our diversity is our greatest strength. We are proudly the English capital, a European city and a global hub,” he concluded.

london mayor sadiq khan accused john cleese of behaving like his tv character basil fawlty © press
London Mayor Sadiq Khan accused John Cleese of behaving like his TV character Basil Fawlty

Others accused Cleese of complaining about immigrants in London while himself preparing to become an immigrant by moving to the Caribbean.

Writer Caitlin Moran, for instance, went on the attack saying: “John Cleese is in the process of moving to Nevis, in the Caribbean. I hope there’s a old Nevisian comedian ready to moan about how Charlestown won’t 'really be a Nevisian town any more.' Goddamn immigrants”:

Writer Paul Bassett also found Cleese’s new abode a point of criticism. “To be fair, John Cleese has as much right to express his opinion of London as any other elderly white millionaire living in the Caribbean,” Bassett tweeted.

After the wave of attacks washed over his Twitter feed, Cleese jumped back into the debate and doubled down on his proclamation about London’s level of Britishness.

He also took a swipe at those who were claiming his comments stemmed from “racism.”

“I suspect I should apologise for my affection for the Englishness of my upbringing, but in some ways I found it calmer, more polite, more humorous, less tabloid, and less money-oriented than the one that is replacing it, ” Cleese said in a follow-up tweet:

He also struck back at some of those accusing him of racism and bigotry:

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