Actor John Cleese has tweeted mocking an apology.

Hank Azaria voiced the controversial character of Apu in The Simpsons for many years.

Azaria apologised during a podcast appearance earlier this week. He has previously been criticised for his role, saying it was harmful to South Asian people and cemented stereotypes.

The problematic nature of the character even led to a documentary being named The Problem with Apu.

Azaria appeared on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast. “I was speaking at my son’s school, I was talking to the Indian kids there because I wanted to get their input.”
“A 17-year-old … he’s never even seen The Simpsons but knows what Apu means. It’s practically a slur at this point. All he knows is that this is how his people are thought of and represented to many people in this country. I really do apologise.”
The shopkeeper Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, was phased out of The Simpsons in 2016.

Cleese

Fawlty Towers star John Cleese appeared to mock the apology in a tweet. He also sarcastically apologises for his past roles too.

The actor wrote: “Not wishing to be left behind by Hank Azaria, I would like to apologise on behalf on Monty Python for all the many sketches we did making fun of white English people.”

Cleese added: “We’re sorry for any distress we may have caused.”

“Political Correctness”

Back in 2020, Cleese insisted that “political correctness” is killing creativity in comedy.

“PC stuff started out as a good idea, which is, ‘Let’s not be mean to people’, and I’m in favour of that despite my age,” he said.

“The main thing is to try to be kind. But that then becomes a sort of indulgence of the most over-sensitive people in your culture, the people who are most easily upset.”

He continued: “I don’t think we should organise a society around the sensibilities of the most easily upset people because then you have a very neurotic society.

“From the point of creativity, if you have to keep thinking which words you can use and which you can’t, then that will stifle creativity. The main thing is to realise that words depend on their context. Very literal-minded people think a word is a word but it isn’t.”

Cleese continued: “PC people simply don’t understand this business about context because they tend to be very literal-minded”

He said: “I would love to debate this with a ‘woke’. The first question I would say is, ‘Can you tell me a woke joke?’ I don’t know what a woke joke would be like other than very, very nice people being kind to each other.”

“It might be heart-warming but it’s not going to be very funny.”

Twitter

Cleese continued on Twitter, sharing replies with more responses, having a dig at political correctness. There are jokes about Yorkshiremen, vegans, and Welsh people.

It doesn’t seem like he’s backing down any time soon.

 

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