John Cleese on Cancel Culture: An ‘Organized … Totalitarian’ Movement

April 20th, 2024 1:30 PM

John Cleese is the master of both silly walks and sublime comedy takes.


UH-OH: Bill Maher, John Cleese Trash The New York Times

March 23rd, 2024 1:30 PM

John Cleese visited Bill Maher’s “Club Random,” this week, and the conversation quickly went woke.


John Cleese to Host Show on British ‘Free Speech Channel’

October 10th, 2022 12:00 PM

John Cleese abhors cancel culture and censorship, and he won’t shut up about it. This is bracing to free speech enthusiasts, but it annoys people who find cancel culture and censorship useful.

Reparations From Rome: John Cleese Ruffles Woke SxSW Panel

March 14th, 2022 10:43 AM

Ya gotta feel bad for the South by Southwest folks. Just once a year, they want to get together to publicly examine their virtues, hold their shining intellects up for consideration and propose ways they can drag the rest of us mouth breathers up onto their enlightened plane. They want to talk about wind farms and vegan bologna and the “Latina Power Pipeline.” Most years, it goes off without a…


We’ve Survived 2021! Here’s the Most-Read NewsBusters Blogs From 2021

December 30th, 2021 5:07 PM

Continuing what’s become a staple of our year-end packages, NewsBusters used our Google Analytics to compile our ten most-read stories from 2021, which saw four writers from our News Analysis Division seeing stories crack the top ten along with one from MRC Culture and two from MRC’s Free Speech America.

John Cleese Ends BBC Interview Over ‘Dishonesty, Deception, Tone’

December 22nd, 2021 3:40 PM

John Cleese doesn’t suffer fools gladly, even when (or especially when) they’re self-important BBC presenters. The Monty Python founder and Fawlty Towers star recently agreed to an on-air interview with BBC World News to talk about upcoming shows he’s doing in Asia. But, as we learn from Bounding Into Comics, interviewer Karishma Vaswani was more interested in Cleese’s upcoming documentary on…


Verboten! John Cleese ‘Blacklists’ Himself to Protest Woke Intolerance

November 11th, 2021 2:45 PM

John Cleese doesn’t gladly suffer woke fools. The legendary comic actor has pulled out of an appearance at the Cambridge Union as a protest. The Union, ironically a debating society, has banned art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon for impersonating Adolf Hitler during a debate last week.

John Cleese Is Right: Cancel Culture Is DUMB

April 14th, 2021 4:35 PM

Twitter has become more entertaining than reality television as of late. Today’s episode: Winnie the Pooh narrator shows he’s not putting up with any cancel culture in the hundred acre Twitter woods.

John Cleese Vs. The Wokes: ‘I Want To Be A Cambodian Police Woman’

November 23rd, 2020 3:34 PM

John Cleese, renowned British comedian and actor, offended plenty of woke people when he announced his support for J. K. Rowling in September. (She had been attacked for her opinions on transgenderism.) Now that the past has caught up with him, Nearly Headless Nick isn’t letting it haunt him at all.

John Cleese: ‘Dear Twits,’ I’m in ‘Solidarity with JKRowling’

October 1st, 2020 2:49 PM

John Cleese would like an argument please. Another argument. This time, it’s about biology. A Twitter Transtapo mob has been hounding Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling for being insufficiently woke to gender issues. But Cleese, the legendary Monty Python founder, is having none of it. Rowling, a liberal feminist, thinks womanhood should be reserved for those who are…

Don’t Mention the Multiculturism: NY Times Finds Cleese Comment Racist

June 1st, 2019 1:25 PM
Renowned British comedian John Cleese is highly opinionated on all sorts of topics, including contempt for Sarah Palin and the George W. Bush-loving American South. But only when he issues (mild) commentary about multiculturalism changing London does the brilliant co-creator of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers abruptly morph into a grumpy old racist. New York Times reporter Palko…

John Cleese Would Like an Argument Please (About Multiculturalism)

May 30th, 2019 1:39 PM
“Whatever you do, don’t mention the culture war!” John Cleese is a funny guy. And, though he’s historically been a man of the left, he’s a rather sensible guy, too. That has put the Monty Python alum at odds with current lefty pieties.

Beckham, Cumberbatch, Stewart and More Celebs Fight Brexit

June 22nd, 2016 2:31 PM
Hundreds of British actors and celebrities are clamoring for Great Britain to remain part of the European Union when the nation votes this week. That’s in direct opposition to the view of many conservatives on both sides of the pond. Either result could have major economic consequences. UK citizens will vote June 23 on the contentious “Brexit” referendum. Putting their high-profiles to use, 282…

NYT Taunts Silly Brits Supporting Brexit With Monty Python References

June 5th, 2016 12:49 PM
The liberal Euro-philes at the New York Times are at it again, mocking ignorant Britons for resenting the grand European Union trading bloc. London-based reporter Sarah Lyall made gentle mockery of the right-of-center push for England to exit the EU (a proposal known colloquailly as "Brexit") on Friday’s front page by evoking Monty Python, especially John Cleese: “On ‘Brexit’ Vote, British Ask If…