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
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) May 29, 2019
Update: Sorry about the double post. I’ll leave it up so commenters who started on this one can carry on in these comments. But if you are just starting out commenting, use the post above.
Yeah, well that’s what you say
@JohnCleese, but 1960s London was not diverse so therefore it could NOT have had any interesting pop culture.
What did you have back then?
The Rolling Stones, Carnaby Street fashion, Peter O’Toole and Richard Harris, Led Zeppelin, Tom Stoppard, The Who, Michael Caine, The Kinks, and Monty Python?
But now London has knife/acid attacks!
From The Guardian:
Sadiq Khan and comedian Dom Joly among those condemning ‘racist’ and ‘hypocritical’ claims
Aamna Mohdin and Mattha Busby
Wed 29 May 2019
The Fawlty Towers actor John Cleese has been criticised for repeating his 2011 claim that London was no longer an English city.
Cleese, 79, tweeted that his friends abroad agreed with his observation, concluding: “So there must be some truth in it.” The comedian described London as “the UK city that voted most strongly to remain in the EU”. Almost 60% of residents voted to stay in the bloc in 2016.
The actor later issued a qualified apology following widespread condemnation. In a string of tweets countering accusations that his initial tweet was linked to race, he said: “I suspect I should apologise for my affection for the Englishness of my upbringing, but in some ways I found it calmer, more polite, more humorous, less tabloid, and less money-oriented than the one that is replacing it.”
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “These comments make John Cleese sound like he’s in character as Basil Fawlty. Londoners know that our diversity is our greatest strength.”
Okay, Cleese, sure, London used to have this back in your day:
But now London now has this!
You can’t deny that London now has Diversity. Look how Diverse these guys are. One guy even has a red hat: