(FiveNation.com)- Monty Python alum John Cleese last week announced that he is canceling himself.
The 82-year-old British comedian announced that he would be pulling out of a planned appearance at Cambridge University after a fellow attendee was “blacklisted” by the woke students and staff.
In a post on Twitter, Cleese said he had been looking forward to speaking to students at the Cambridge Union last Friday, but after hearing that “someone there has been blacklisted for doing an impersonation of Hitler,” he admitted that he once did that too on a Monty Python skit. “So I am blacklisting myself before someone else does.”
Cleese not only impersonated Hitler on Monty Python. He also did a mocking Hitlerian goose-step on his 1970s series “Fawlty Towers.”
In a follow-up tweet, Cleese apologized to anyone from Cambridge who was looking forward to his appearance. He suggested they find an alternative venue “where woke rules do not apply.”
Cleese’s self-cancellation was prompted by the news that art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon was banned from speaking at the same Cambridge Union event after he “performed a mock-Hitlerian rant” during an academic debate. Graham-Dixon did so to caricature Hitler and his views, but that didn’t matter. Nor did Graham-Dixon’s attempted apology in which he explained that he did it to highlight “the utterly evil nature of the Nazis.”
Cleese has long criticized the toxic “woke” culture, arguing that political correctness stifles comedy. After the BBC removed an episode of Cleese’s “Fawlty Towers” over a “racial slur,” the comedian blasted the “cowardly and gutless and contemptible” programming executives for the decision. Eventually, the BBC relented and reinstated the episode.
Cleese also came to the defense of “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling after the outrage mob targeted her and accused her of “transphobia” for believing in biology. In one tweet, Cleese joked that “deep down” he wants to be a Cambodian policewoman, asking “Is that allowed or am I being unrealistic?”
Earlier this year, it was reported that Cleese would star in a new series called “John Cleese: Cancel Me” which would take on “woke” culture.