Legendary comedic star John Cleese says cancel culture has taken all the fun out of life. Cleese, best known for co-founding Monty Python, says cancel culture and political correctness make life boring. So the comedian didn’t mince words as he blasted the ‘fragile’ people who are ruining modern entertainment.
John Cleese Blasts Political Correctness And Cancel Culture
In a new interview with Reuters , Cleese pointed out that cancel culture “misunderstands the main purposes of life which is to have fun.
The English actor said:
“Everything humorous is critical. If you have someone who is perfectly kind and intelligent and flexible and who always behaves appropriately, they’re not funny.
Not stopping there, Cleese said that the main problem with political correctness is that comedians “have to set the bar according to what we are told by the most touchy, most emotionally unstable and fragile and least stoic people in the country.”
Just last month, Cleese blasted the BBC as “cowardly and gutless” for temporarily taking down an episode of “Fawlty Towers” that made fun of Germans and World War Two. It also featured a character using a racial slur.
Cleese, now 80, starred as Basil Fawlty in the 1970s British TV series. He clarified that in the episode that was taken down  that they were making fun of “The Major” and laughing at him, not supporting him. “If they can’t see that, if people are too stupid to see that, what can one say?”
“A lot of the people in charge now at the BBC just want to hang onto their jobs. If a few people get excited they pacify them rather than standing their ground as they would have done 30 or 40 years ago.”
President Trump Attacks Cancel Culture
President Donald Trump recently slammed cancel culture during his speech at Mount Rushmore. The president warned that political correctness is being weaponized by the left.
“One of their political weapons is ‘cancel culture’ — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees,” Trump said . “This is the very definition of totalitarianism.”
Trump doubled down on his disdain for cancel culture in a subsequent interview with Fox News , saying:
“Cancel culture — I hate the term, but I use it. We have a radical left destructive ideology being taught in our schools.”
Ricky Gervais Agrees With John Cleese
The Monty Python co-founder isn’t the only comedian who has had the guts to speak out against cancel culture.
In an interview with Times Radio  earlier this month, British comedic actor Ricky Gervais said that his hilarious show “The Office” could never be made today because it would be targeted by cancel culture mobs.
“Now [the show] would suffer because people would take things literally. There are these outrage mobs who take things out of context,” Gervais explained. “This was a show about everything — it was about difference, it was about sex, race, all the things that people fear to even be discussed or talked about now, in case they say the wrong thing and they are canceled.”
He then bemoaned the fact that there is “no nuance or discussion” about comedy these days. It’s instead just become “two tribes of people screaming.”
“I genuinely think I don’t do anything that deserves to be canceled,” Gervais said. “Some people now don’t care about the argument or the issue, they just want to own someone, they want to win the argument.”