John Cleese is in trouble with the politically correct British establishment for making an obvious statement.
His comment, which was made via Twitter, met with ‘widespread condemnation’, according to the Guardian article. Reportedly, Cleese made the same, or similar comments back in 2011. I wonder if the comment drew as much ire from the public eight years ago? I suspect not, as the demographics of London have no doubt changed over a period of eight years; more ‘incomers’ along with the deaths of many of the older, indigenous English or British residents of London. A lot of replacement has occurred since he first made his ‘controversial’ observations.
If you read the Guardian article you’ll notice that the people quoted have only disparaging or ‘shaming’ comments directed at Mr. Cleese — and you’ll notice also the surnames of these critics: Mr. Khan, of course, along with a Bueltmann, a Jablonowski, and a Joly. All good old English names, of course.
Nary an English person heard from. Coincidence, I suppose.
Friends of mine in London, born and reared in the London area, made similar observations about the demographic changes they observed, long before any of us thought about the issue. Quite honestly I thought they were making too much of it — then — but little did I know that there was to be a global game of musical chairs, with much of the ”Global South” coming en masse to settle in what the Economist magazine calls ‘the rich countries’.
So my London friends were ahead of the curve in sensing the changes that were coming.
Some years ago when I was flying a lot, I began to notice that all airports seemed the same. Once upon a time you knew where you were when traveling because the people were different; by the 1990s, each airport had taken on an air of sameness — ironically, because of ‘diversity’. The same multicultural cast of characters in each airport made travel more boring. Diversity is creating more ‘sameness’. However, in the midst of all this ‘diversity’ certain people are conspicuous by their dwindling numbers, while the ‘vibrancy’ increases.
Meanwhile, it’s sad that John Cleese feels compelled to apologize; it’s fruitless to offer apologies or to grovel; saying the wrong things (according to the speech and thought police) forever taint the speaker. There is no redemption in the eyes of the ‘PC vigilantes’ who are forever trying to catch someone speaking unwelcome truths.
Some online commenters condemn Cleese as one of the generation who ‘ruined the world‘ during the 1960s and 70s. Now, what’s this? The accepted wisdom on the Internet is that the ”Boomers” were the ultimate villains there — but John Cleese, born in 1939, is not a ”Boomer” but a member of the so-called Silent Generation, a generation that was described by media ‘sages’ as being conformist and apathetic about world problems. So they were also called the ‘Don’t rock the boat’ generation. Oddly, though, many of that ‘Silent’ generation were leaders of the social revolution of the 1960s and 70s.
It could be said that Monty Python and the ‘edgy’ (for its time) comedy they popularized were subversive, and promoted the ‘anything goes’ ethos of the 1970s. However, if the public were not open and welcoming to that kind of entertainment, the Pythons would never have been a success. But Cleese and the rest attracted many fans, regardless of their politics. If the Python influence led Britain further down the leftist, ”progressive” path, towards progressivism, globalism and the present demographic upheaval, well, the public was also complicit in following along.
I wish John Cleese well; nobody should be punished or vilified for stating facts or honest observations. We should all have at least a nodding acquaintance with reality, and truth.