John Cleese has hit back at those who accused him of being ‘racist’ for saying that London is “not really an English city any more”.
In a blistering response on social media, the 79-year-old former Monty Python star defended his comments, saying they were “culturalist”.
The comedian was accused of racism online while mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the comments made him sound like his character from classic sitcom Fawlty Towers.
Cleese, who moved to the island of Nevis in the Caribbean in November last year, has refuted this in a series of tweets, in which he pulled no punches with his takedown of the situation.
John wrote: “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.
“Nevis has excellent race relations, a very well educated population, no sign of political correctness……
“……no sign of Rupert Murdoch, conscientious lawyers, a relaxed and humorous life style, a deep love of cricket, and a complete lack of knife crime And, of course, wonderful weather.”
John was not done there and in another dig at London, he added: “And the icing on the cake is that Nevis is not the world centre for Russian dirty money laundering.”
Explaining his decision to emigrate last year, he told the BBC he was “so disappointed with so much about this country”.
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