John Cleese: Political correction is greatly a misunderstanding

Each one is free to remember John Cleese (Somerset, 1939) as he wants. Like the clumsy, stretched and demented azon attorney named Wanda, as the assistant tha

John Cleese: Political correction is greatly a misunderstanding

Each one is free to remember John Cleese (Somerset, 1939) as he wants. Like the clumsy, stretched and demented azon attorney named Wanda, as the assistant that at a particularly debatable moment of the Bond saga, as the hotel manager more extravagantly carpeted that has seen TV in Fawlty Towers, as only God knows Who in Brian's life, or, much better, as the unforgettable minister of the absurd walks (The Ministry of Silly Walks). But there is no way to remember it without escaping a laughter. Spontaneous, happy and completely absurd.

Soon, on December 3, the cinema recovers intact to the British of the not so British Monty Python in a new character for the memory. The role of him in the Clifford family comedy, the great red dog, according to the Book of Norman Bridwell around with the virtue of being different (in addition to red and giant), is that of a magician who, in truth, can only be John Cleese. "It's funny that I've always had a good hand to make children laugh. A crio accepts a joke that has a social or political comment badly, but react instinctively to the purest emotion, "he says, takes a second and follows:" I remember that Fawlty Towers, who was a very adult comedy, whom he liked It really was the little ones because the series laughed at those who tried to impress others with their stupidities. It was basically very simple ».

Despite this, despite his claim of simplicity, which not only simply, Cleese can not help but remember the bitter moment of seeing how precisely a chapter of the mythical Fawlty Towers became censored in 2020 by the BBC. The chain considered it racist. She then returned to replenish him with a note in which she declined all responsibility over what she looked there. "Sure, responsibility was mine and the sense of humor. I do not argue that they will work with good intention, "she recalls," but it is clear that they have not understood anything. And that is serious. A good part of the jokes that have always have to do with imperfections because basically the human being is an imperfect being. Sincerely, I believe that political correction is greatly misunderstanding. "

For Cleese the sense of humor is basically a matter of context. In understanding that literality never exists as such. That the literal is born of a circumstance that makes nothing literal. "Neither death," she says. "The problem is to see what happens to us without perspective. That limits us. I understand the need to be kind to your neighbor, but not to the point of treating others as nobody wants to be treated. That is, as a fool. I think we live in a more tolerant society, but more unhappy ".

In his speech, the actor who has maintained perhaps the most sustained career of his Monty Python companions once finished Monty Python does not hide an indisailed melancholy. "I was lucky enough to work on television in the 60s and 70s in England when BBC programs were protected from market forces and producers operated without fear sensation. Now, with a larger market, everything is more crude. Nobody cares about something as intangible and little measurable as quality. In fact, I think that if you talk to people who work, for example, for Rupert Murdoch about quality, they would not know what you are talking about. They know about audience, of clicks, but how do you measure the grace of a good joke? We have lost something and the challenge is to recover it ». In effect, the important thing is to remember, remind a John Cleese that never ends up.

Updated Date: 09 November 2021, 20:54

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