In a world (most importantly in the West) given over to statist, post-enlightenment thinking, 1984-style horrors can become a reality.
Political correctness is killing comedy, says John Cleese: Monty Python star believes fear of offending certain groups could lead to 1984-style society where free expression is not allowed
John Cleese (pictured) says that political correctness and fear of offending could lead to a 1984-style society
- Cleese speaks out on Big Think video about effect of political correctness
- Says can no longer perform at universities as any criticism seen as ‘cruel’
- Claims those who can’t control emotions want to control others’ behaviour
- Says loss of humour will lead to dystopian police state, like Orwell novel
John Cleese says that political correctness and fear of offending could lead to a 1984-style society.
The Monty Python star said he has now been advised not to perform on university campuses as the idea of political correctness has expanded so far that any kind of criticism is now seen as ‘cruel’.
Veteran comic Cleese said it is down to people who cannot control their emotions, so seek to control others, and worries that it could lead to a society like that in the iconic dystopian Orwell Novel.
He says: ‘If you start to think “ooh, we mustn’t criticise or offend them”, humour is gone, with humour goes a sense of proportion, and then as far as I’m concerned we’re living in 1984.’
Cleese, whose jokes about Germans and Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers could well be considered offensive today, said that ‘all comedy is critical,’ in a video for The Big Think.
He explained how British newspapers offend him everyday with ‘laziness, nastiness and inaccuracy,’ but that he doesn’t expect someone to stop it happening, he simply speaks out about it.