ACTOR JOHN CLEESE has defended his comments about London, stating that they were ‘culturalist’ and not ‘racist’.
The 79-year-old actor caused furor after saying the capital is “not really an English city any more.”
On Wednesday (May 29), he tweeted: “Some years ago I opined that London was not really an English city any more. Since then, virtually all my friends from abroad have confirmed my observation. So there must be some truth in it… I note also that London was the UK city that voted most strongly to remain in the EU.”
The Monty Python actor was called out for his comments with many accusing him of racism.
However, Cleese who lives on the Island of Nevis in the Caribbean, tweeted again to argue that his comments were not racist.
He said: “It might interest those people who seem to think my remarks about London are racist as opposed to culturalist, to consider that what I like about spending time in Nevis.
“Nevis has excellent race relations, a very well educated population, no sign of political correctness…, no sign of Rupert Murdoch, conscientious lawyers, a relaxed and humorous life style, a deep love of cricket, and a complete lack of knife crime.
“And, of course, wonderful weather. And the icing on the cake is that Nevis is not the world centre for Russian dirty money laundering.”
Cleese has made simialr comments as the multicultural city before.
Eight years ago he said the comedy felt like a foreign city and English culture was fading.
Explaining his decision to emigrate last year, he told the BBC he was “so disappointed with so much about this country”.