Popular via the British sitcom, Fawlty Towers, actor John Cleese has been criticized by London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his remarks on the capital city. “Some years ago I opined that London was not really an English city anymore. Since then, virtually all my friends from abroad have confirmed my observation. So there must be some truth in it…” wrote the seventy-nine-year-old actor in his tweet.
As a reaction to this comment, the Mayor returned, “These comments make John Cleese sound like he’s in character as Basil Fawlty. Londoners know that our diversity is our greatest strength. We are proudly the English capital, a European city, and a global hub.”
Through a chain of further tweets Cleese clarified that his comment was not based on race. He added that the character of London was changing ever since he was young. “I suspect I should apologize for my affection for the Englishness of my upbringing, but in some ways, I found it calmer, more polite, more humorous, less tabloid, and less money-oriented than the one that is replacing it,” Cleese justified.
After the veteran actor moved to the island of Nevis in Caribbean last November, he was reported to also say, that he was “so disappointed with so much about this country”, referring to the debate on the 2016 EU referendum.