Famous English Comedian John Cleese has defended his recent comments about London, saying they were “culturalist” and not racist.
Cleese, 79, was criticised for saying the capital is “not really an English city any more”. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the comments made him sound like his character from classic sitcom Fawlty Towers, Basil Fawlty.
Cleese, has tweeted again, this time arguing his comments were not racist.
He said: “It might interest those people who seem to think my remarks about London are racist as opposed to culturalist, to consider that what I like about spending time in Nevis.
“Nevis has excellent race relations, a very well educated population, no sign of political correctness……
“……no sign of Rupert Murdoch, conscientious lawyers, a relaxed and humorous life style, a deep love of cricket, and a complete lack of knife crime And, of course, wonderful weather.”
Taking another shot at London, Cleese added: “And the icing on the cake is that Nevis is not the world centre for Russian dirty money laundering.”
He also said that it is “legitimate” to prefer one culture to another.
“For example, I prefer cultures that do not tolerate female genital mutilation. Will this will be considered racist by all those who hover, eagerly hoping that someone will offend them – on someone else’s behalf, naturally”, Cleese said.
It is not the first time that Cleese has aimed similar accusations at London, eight years ago he said the comedy felt like a “foreign city”and English culture was fading.