John Cleese: People Shouldn’t Be Scared To Acknowledge ‘Some Cultures Are Superior To Others’
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: John Cleese during a book signing at Waterstones Piccadilly to promote his book "Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide" on September 10, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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British actor and comedian John Cleese said in a recent interview that people should not be afraid to publicly state that some cultures are superior to others.

Cleese, who made the remarks during an interview with a local magazine, said, “Race doesn’t matter, but culture does.”

“I think that some cultures are superior to others, and we should not be frightened to say so,” he said. “A society that goes in for female genital mutilation is abhorrent, and I happen to think that if people come to live in Britain, they should accept and adhere to our values.”

“I understand that some 20 percent of Muslims in the U.K. would like to see Sharia law, and I believe that’s wrong,” he added.

He also defended a remark from several years ago that angered leftists when he said that “London was not really an English city any more.”

“That was not a racist remark,” he noted.

Cleese also garnered news headlines this week when he remarked about his comedy ahead of the stage adaptation of his “Fawlty Towers” show.


The play is based on three episodes of a multi-season sitcom that he wrote in 1975. One of the episodes was removed by UKTV because it contained “racial slurs,” Variety reported.

The episode was later reinstated after he attacked the decision and blasted those who believe in false revisionist history.

“Those scenes where the Major used a couple of words you can’t use now, racial slurs they would come under, we took them out,” he said. “There’s always a problem with comedy that you deal with the literal-minded. Whenever you’re doing comedy, you’re up against the literal-minded and the literal-minded don’t understand irony. And that means if you take them seriously, you get rid of a lot of comedy. Because literal-minded people don’t understand metaphor, irony, or comic exaggeration. People who are not literal-minded can see there’s various different interpretations, depending on different contexts.”

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