John Cleese has said he is putting in a formal complaint about the ‘deception, dishonesty and tone’ of a recent interview he gave to the BBC.
The 82-year-old Monty Python star claimed the interviewer had tried to portray him as ‘old-fashioned, uncaring and basically harmful’ and had not discussed the agreed-on topics.
The corporation fiercely defended the interview, however, insisting the questions were ‘fair’.
‘I just did an interview with BBC World Asia. It was to talk about the shows I’m doing in Singapore and Bangkok,’ he wrote in a Twitter thread.
‘Instead, the interviewer, whose name was, I think, Karishma, started by asking me questions about Cancel Culture.
‘I replied courteously and in full I explained that if parents were over protective, it did not prepare children well when they entered the real and often not-very-nice world.
‘She then asked a disjointed question, clearly trying to portray me as old-fashioned, uncaring, and basically harmful.’
‘I regret that I did the same on a Monty Python show, so I am blacklisting myself before someone else does.
‘I apologise to anyone at Cambridge who was hoping to talk with me, but perhaps some of you can find a venue where woke rules do not apply.’
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