John Cleese opines.

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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Samoan
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John Cleese opines.

Postby Samoan » 29 May 2019, 19:46

He disappoints me.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/may/29/john-cleese-criticised-for-saying-london-is-no-longer-an-english-city

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48451384

The British comedian Dom Joly, 51, also criticised Cleese’s tweet. He 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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Re: John Cleese opines.

Postby Lord Rother » 29 May 2019, 22:48

This is so shit.

Unless I’ve missed something he hasn’t said anything remotely offensive or racist. He has expressed an opinion that some people disagree with.

Twitter Twats.

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Re: John Cleese opines.

Postby Charlie O. » 29 May 2019, 22:56

Maybe I'm giving him too much benefit of doubt, but I'm not convinced that what he said was racist.

“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.” I know plenty of non-racist Americans in his age bracket who would say more or less the same thing about this country.

And if he's sufficiently disappointed/disillusioned by his country of birth to go live in the Caribbean (or wherever), why shouldn't he be allowed to say so?

I don't really get what he's saying about the Brexit vote, so I won't comment on that.
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Re: John Cleese opines.

Postby Positive Passion » 31 May 2019, 10:20

London could declare independence from the rest of the UK and join the EU. Though it could not be a "no-deal" Lexit.