Political correctness is killing comedy, says John Cleese

If you start to think “ooh, we mustn’t criticise or offend them”, humour is gone, with humour goes a sense of proportion, and then as far as I’m concerned we’re living in 1984

  • Clink9

    No kidding. Try a remake of Life Of Brian but with a muzzy spin.

    They would burn down everything in sight.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Close is too much of a progressive coward to even suggest that.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    First the alligators came for the douchebags and I golf clapped because their jokes were not ‘punching up’.
    Then the ‘gators came for me next and I said “what the hell are you doing, you are supposed to eat me LAST!”

    Poor John Cleese, eaten by his own pet alligators.

  • He’s always been a big lefty, hasn’t he? So he’s to blame.

    He was complaining not too long ago that London wasn’t an English city any more. What did ever do to stop it?

  • Why is it called “political correctness”? There’s nothing “correct” about it. It’s political repression of free speech. Period. By using the word “correctness” we’ve automatically ceded our right to free speech by recognizing that there’s something “correct” about its repression.

    • Martin B

      Blame it on this guy and his Little Red Book:

      • He’d know about having no soul. Have you ever read the Jung Chang/Jon Halliday biography?

        • Martin B

          Yes. Lots of academic assholes bashed The Unknown Story for lacking nuance and complexity and such. I guess that’s all they have left to defend him with.

    • canminuteman

      See Martin B’s comment. The term might have only started to appear in our lexicon 20 years ago but it is one of the foundational principles of communism.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      They snuck in political correctness as code for polite conversation.
      And it’s not.

  • Editor

    “and worries that it could lead to a society like that in the iconic dystopian Orwell Novel.”

    That it could lead? You’ve been there for quite a while, Mr Cleese. Since the day the british press started calling muslims “asians” and police stopped enforcing the law in large areas of every major british city in the name of community cohesion.

  • Justin St.Denis

    If John Cleese wasn’t such a bleeding progressive eunuch, I might be able to take his commentary on PC seriously. As it is, I wonder at BCF giving this hypocrite the space…

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Considering that the ‘space’ we are giving him will also be our own open-air urinal, I’m fine with that.
      Remember, try to hit the bee!

    • Editor

      Because it’s fun to see, although they haven’t yet denounced the ideology or its self righteous, humourless kommissars, the old lefties at least whine about its results.

  • Xavier

    Iranian comedy tour, then?

  • Tom Forsythe

    Maybe a bit dated, but you get the idea.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I watched that show all the time when I was a kid.
      I didn’t know what I was watching then.
      And I deprogrammed myself.

      • Alain

        Glad you discovered the message behind the show. So many fell for it.

  • Alain

    Neither the Left nor Islam have a sense of humour. it is like identical twins.