John Cleese Stirs Twitter Pot With Jabs At Transgender Rights And Rowling Defense
John Cleese, famous for outraging millions in his Monty Python roles, is at it again. In a tweetstorm Sunday, the 81-year-old comedian defended J.K. Rowling and questioned aspects of transgender rights.
“Deep down, I want to be a Cambodian police woman. Is that allowed, or am I being unrealistic?” Cleese tweeted in response to someone who asked why he couldn’t “just let people be who they want to be.”
Cleese earlier signed a letter of support for “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, who has similarly questioned the Twitter orthodoxy on transgender people.
Cleese wouldn’t back down, despite the firestorm of replies. “When a woman who was once a man is competing against women who have always been women, I think she has an advantage, because she inherited a man’s body, which is usually bigger and stronger than a woman’s.
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