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John Cleese responds

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-53020335

A 1975 episode titled The Germans was taken off UKTV's streaming service because it contains "racial slurs".

In it, the Major uses highly offensive language, and Cleese's Basil Fawlty declares "don't mention the war".

Cleese wrote on Twitter: "The BBC is now run by a mixture of marketing people and petty bureaucrats."

He added: "I would have hoped that someone at the BBC would understand that there are two ways of making fun of human behaviour.
"One is to attack it directly. The other is to have someone who is patently a figure of fun, speak up on behalf of that behaviour."

He went on to compare the situation with that of Alf Garnett, the racist character in sitcoms Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness and in Health.
"We laughed at Alf's reactionary views. Thus we discredited them, by laughing at him," Cleese wrote.

"Of course, there were people - very stupid people - who said 'Thank God someone is saying these things at last'. We laughed at these people too. Now they're taking decisions about BBC comedy."

He continued: "But it's not just stupidity. The BBC is now run by a mixture of marketing people and petty bureaucrats. It used to have a large sprinkling of people who'd actually made programmes. Not any more."

"So BBC decisions are made by persons whose main concern is not losing their jobs... That's why they're so cowardly and gutless and contemptible. I rest my case."

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/police-take-action-over-fear-18414226

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

I liked the Major,a true servant to the British Crown
Its the Queens birthday again today , a Queen so great, she has two birthdays

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It’s a sunny Saturday. I’m off to the BLM protest in Hyde Park and try not to be ‘honour killed on the way there. I shall return and answer any more comments later ✌🏻


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or if you couldn't tell anyone you were going?

posted 4 weeks ago

comment by Sideshow (U11809)
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comment by Fourzah (U22366)
posted 18 hours, 2 minutes ago
comment by Robb Sancho (U22311)
posted 12 hours, 54 minutes ago
It’s a sunny Saturday. I’m off to the BLM protest in Hyde Park and try not to be ‘honour killed on the way there. I shall return and answer any more comments later ✌🏻


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Wud u go if it as raining?
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or if you couldn't tell anyone you were going?
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ha ha, robbie does a lot of good work for charity mate. but he doesn't like to talk about it.

posted 4 weeks ago

Smashy and Nicey.

posted 4 weeks ago

comment by Don Draper's dandruff (U20155)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Sideshow (U11809)
posted 19 minutes ago
comment by Fourzah (U22366)
posted 18 hours, 2 minutes ago
comment by Robb Sancho (U22311)
posted 12 hours, 54 minutes ago
It’s a sunny Saturday. I’m off to the BLM protest in Hyde Park and try not to be ‘honour killed on the way there. I shall return and answer any more comments later ✌🏻


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Wud u go if it as raining?
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or if you couldn't tell anyone you were going?
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ha ha, robbie does a lot of good work for charity mate. but he doesn't like to talk about it.

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I’m an all round nice guy

posted 4 weeks ago

comment by Vidicschin (U3584)
posted 3 minutes ago
Smashy and Nicey.
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i do show my age with my 80s/90s references.

posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

comment by Robb Sancho (U22311)
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comment by Don Draper's dandruff (U20155)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Sideshow (U11809)
posted 19 minutes ago
comment by Fourzah (U22366)
posted 18 hours, 2 minutes ago
comment by Robb Sancho (U22311)
posted 12 hours, 54 minutes ago
It’s a sunny Saturday. I’m off to the BLM protest in Hyde Park and try not to be ‘honour killed on the way there. I shall return and answer any more comments later ✌🏻


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Wud u go if it as raining?
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or if you couldn't tell anyone you were going?
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ha ha, robbie does a lot of good work for charity mate. but he doesn't like to talk about it.

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I’m an all round nice guy
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You are a whiny little kent and as pleasant as a terd in a bowl of punch.

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comment by Blue in the face (U22288)
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comment by Robb Sancho (U22311)
posted 1 day, 19 hours ago
comment by Don Draper's dandruff (U20155)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by Sideshow (U11809)
posted 19 minutes ago
comment by Fourzah (U22366)
posted 18 hours, 2 minutes ago
comment by Robb Sancho (U22311)
posted 12 hours, 54 minutes ago
It’s a sunny Saturday. I’m off to the BLM protest in Hyde Park and try not to be ‘honour killed on the way there. I shall return and answer any more comments later ✌🏻


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Wud u go if it as raining?
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or if you couldn't tell anyone you were going?
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ha ha, robbie does a lot of good work for charity mate. but he doesn't like to talk about it.

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I’m an all round nice guy
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You are a whiny little kent and as pleasant as a terd in a bowl of punch.
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The good people on the election thread know what a head case you are 🤘

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