British actor John Cleese slammed critics for political correctness over a tweet he wrote Tuesday in which he said London” is not really an English city anymore.”
Some years ago I opined that London was not really an English city any more— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) May 29, 2019
Since then, virtually all my friends from abroad have confirmed my observation
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
The actor went on to suggest he should apologize for his "Englishness" but he did not offer one.
“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,” he added about his new home in the Caribbean. “Nevis has excellent race relations, a very well educated population, no sign of political correctness......”
London's mayor Sadiq Khan wrote that Cleese’s comments make him sound “like he’s in character as Basil Fawlty, a right-wing hotel owner Cleese played in the 1970s. "Londoners know that our diversity is our greatest strength,” Khan added.
It’s not the first time the “Monty Python” actor has made the controversial remarks. In 2011, he told an Australian radio station "I'm not sure what's going on in Britain. Let me say this, I don't know what's going on in London because London is no longer an English city and that's how they got the Olympics.