John Cleese has decided that he is too old to hold his tongue, so he has taken a strong stance against woke culture.
According to Fox News, John Cleese stated at FreedomFest in Las Vegas that the current crackdown on jokes that have the potential to be interpreted as inappropriate is discouraging young people from pursuing careers in comedy.
“I think it’s particularly worrying at the moment because you can only create in an atmosphere of freedom, where you’re not checking everything you say critically before you move on,” Cleese said.
“I think it’s particularly worrying at the moment because you can only create in an atmosphere of freedom.”
“A great number of comedians working in the industry today are sitting there, and whenever they get an idea, they ask themselves, “Can I get away with it?
It doesn’t seem likely to me.
Someone got into difficulty, and it was reported that he said that, or it was said that she said that.
You get what I’m saying, right?
And that’s the kiss of death for creative expression.
Even some of the most successful comedians in recent years have been the target of criticism for comments they have made while performing on stage.
“You are free to create something, and then you are free to critique that something, but you are not free to do both at the same time.”
Therefore, if you are continually thinking about how other people might take offence at what you say, it is unlikely that you will be particularly creative.
According to what Cleese remarked, “I believe it has a devastating effect.”
Even John Cleese had his microphone taken away from him at one point when he commented on historical events involving the British and slavery.
According to the Daily Mail, John Cleese stated that England was entitled to “reparations” from Italy and France.
He was referring to the historical invasions of England by the Romans and by the Normans under William the Conqueror one thousand years later.