John Cleese is doubling-down on comments he made about multiculturalism in the English capital way back in 2011.
“Some years ago I opined that London was not really an English city any more,” the former member of Monty Python tweeted on Wednesday. “Since then, virtually all my friends from abroad have confirmed my observation. So there must be some truth in it.”
The Monty Python member’s remarks echo comments he made during a 2011 television appearance in Australia. “I’m not sure what’s going on in Britain. Let me say this, I don’t know what’s going on in London because London is no longer an English city and that’s how they got the Olympics,” he said at the time. “They said ‘we’re the most cosmopolitan city on Earth’ but it doesn’t feel English.”
In his latest tweetstorm, Cleese continued to describe London as “the UK city that voted most strongly to remain in the EU”, referring to the 2016 Brexit referendum that saw 60 per cent of Londoners vote to remain in the European Union.
London mayor Sadiq Khan was quick to respond to the former “Fawlty Towers” star’s comments, calling the city’s diversity its “greatest strength.”
Cleese continued the conversation on Twitter, replying to a number of users who hit back at his claims, denying his comments had any racist intent.
Last year, Cleese announced he had moved to the Caribbean island of Nevis due to his disappointment with the British government. It was noted by multiple people online that he himself is now an immigrant, an observation that led the actor to be labelled as a hypocrite in the press and online for his comments.
ET Canada has reached out to Cleese’s rep for comment.