Best known for his roles in hit comedy classics like Monty Python and Fawlty Towers, John Cleese will investigate the phenomenon of ‘cancelling’ people or companies for their behavior. In John Cleese: Cancel Me, the 81-year-old actor will meet with the people who are doing the cancelling to uncover what is driving them, as well as some of the famous faces who have fallen victim to cancel culture.
Not wishing to be left behind by Hank Azaria, I would like to apologise on behalf on Monty Python for all the many sketches we did making fun of white English people
We’re sorry for any distress we may have caused
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) April 13, 2021
According to the Guardian, John Cleese: Cancel Me will premiere later this year on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, where the comedian will interview “cancelled” subjects as well as campaigners who have led opposition to various public figures.
“I’m delighted to have a chance to find out, on camera, about all the aspects of so-called political correctness,” Cleese explained. “There’s so much I really don’t understand, like: how the impeccable idea of ‘Let’s all be kind to people’ has been developed in some cases ad absurdum,” the comedian said of the bizarre new “cancel culture” trends that are plaguing the West lately.
“I want to bring the various reasonings right out in the open so that people can be clearer in their minds what they agree with, what they don’t agree with, and what they still can’t make their mind up about,” Cleese added.
Cleese personally experienced cancel culture in November 2020, when social justice warriors accused him of “transphobia” for supporting author J.K. Rowling. The comedic actor explained to Reuters, “Everything humorous is critical. If you have someone who is perfectly kind and intelligent and flexible and who always behaves appropriately, they’re not funny. Cleese also said that the political correctness is forcing comedians “to set the bar according to what we are told by the most touchy, most emotionally unstable and fragile and least stoic people in the country.”
Cleese is the second Monty Python icon to refuse to bow to political correctness and awakened identity politics. Terry Gilliam stated earlier this year that the culture unfairly vilifies white men, who are blamed for the world’s issues. “That’s wrong. “I’m don’t like mob mentality,” the filmmaker stated.
In the past, the Cleese has been open about his thoughts on Political Correctness, having previously said there is no such thing as a ‘woke joke’ and creating a fuss when BBC-owned UKTV removed an episode of Fawlty Towers for its use of ‘racial slurs’.
Most comedians are generally not big fans of cancel culture. David Spade says it’s killing comedy. Chris Rock warned that cancel culture leads to boring entertainment. Billy Crystal said canceling people over their words has made comedy a “minefield.” Dave Chappelle reminded everyone that “no one can be woke enough.” Comedian Jon Lovitz likened cancel culture to McCarthyism. Stand-up comedian Bill Burr joked that the outrage mob has run out of people to cancel and has resorted to canceling dead people.