John Cleese claims London is 'no longer an English city' and sparks fresh criticism


The actor John Cleese has sparked an online row after claiming that London is “no longer an English city”.

In a Tweet sent early this morning to his 5.6 million followers, the Fawlty Towers comedian repeated his 2011 claims about the capital.

Cleese, 79, said that “virtually all” of  his friends living abroad agreed with his observation.

He wrote: “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”

But the comedian has come under fire for his renewed comments, with other comedians jumping to criticise the Monty Python star.

Dom Joly, 51, said: “John Cleese is one of my comedy heroes … Suddenly this thing came out of nowhere and it’s so depressing on so many levels.

“He’s clearly a really smart funny man but it is basically a very racist tweet. Secondly, it’s a racist tweet by a man who lives on a Caribbean island – the irony of that is insane. Even the language is insane, who uses the word opine?”


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