John Cleese melts ‘snowflake’ insult with his trademark wit
MONTY Python star John Cleese has taken one Twitter user to task over the term ‘snowflake’ — often used by right-wingers to belittle what they see as overly sensitive millenials.
The news comes as something of a suprise as the veteran comedian often gets himself into trouble for making comments that are not deemed politically correct.
Only last month the 78-year-old offended Belgium by describing its residents in unflattering terms following his latest tour.
He tweeted: ‘Just finished 35th show of 35. Best audiences: Helsinki, Reykjavik, Bergen, Copenhagen, Zwolle, Hamburg, Cologne, Breda, Haarlem, Zurich, Frankfurt, Vienna and Zagreb.
‘Worst: Lazy, fat, beer-sodden, pseudo-French Belgian b******* in Hasselt. Like reading Moby Dick to nomads.’
He only compounded the problem by adding: ‘An apology to the citizens of Hasselt. It was quite wrong of me to describe them as pseudo-French. They are, of course, pseudo-Dutch.’
Now Cleese seems to have switched sides. After a commenter used the insult ‘snowflakes’, he responded: ‘Yes I’ve heard this word. I think sociopaths use it in an attempt to discredit the notion of empathy.’
Ouch! Over the weekend, Cleese also shot down a barb from another tweeter, which branded him ‘irrelevant’.
‘You’re right. And I rather enjoy my irrelevance. I also enjoy my vain attempt to get the attention of six million twits,’ he shot back — referring to his 5.8million followers.
‘It’s a very specialised type of irrelevance,’ he added.
Author: Anna Thomson