John Cleese Accused of Transphobia After Saying He Wants to ‘Be a Cambodian Police Woman’

Actor and comedian John Cleese sparked a backlash on Twitter after posting tweets that were perceived as transphobic.It started on Sunday after a Twitter user shared a screenshot of a September 30 tweet from Cleese, where he said he had signed a letter “in solidarity” with J.K. Rowling.The letter was published in The Sunday Times earlier this year after the Harry Potter author was accused of transphobia over comments she made about transgender people.Cleese’s reply to the user prompted another person to question his support for Rowling and ask if he really believes “there is some deep conspiracy to turn people ‘against their genders.'”Newsweek subscription offers >”Deep down, I want to be a Cambodian police woman,” Cleese, who is best known for Monty Python and Fawlty Towers, responded in a quote-tweet. “Is that allowed, or am I being unrealistic?”Newsweek subscription offers >The tweet prompted many to call out Cleese for suggesting that transgender people choose their identity.”John wants to pretend he cares about science and logic, but he doesn’t give a flying f** k about scientific expertise on this,” activist and writer Charlotte Clymer wrote in a reply. “It’s all about discomfort with the existence of trans and non-binary people.”In… Read full this story

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