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John Cleese to present series examining cancel culture

Comedian John Cleese will be venturing into the modern-day phenomenon of cancel culture in a new series that will be broadcasted on Channel 4.

Best known for his leading role in the comedy Fawlty Towers as well as the comedy classic Monthy Python, the 81-year-old veteran comedian will be examining cancel culture and why it has come about recently.

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Channel 4 stated that the show will “set forth into the minefield of cancel culture to explore why a new ‘woke’ generation is trying to rewrite the rules on what can and can’t be said.”

To those who may be puzzled by the term cancel culture, it is effectively the action of cancelling people or brands for perceived offensive behaviour.

In the series, called John Cleese: Cancel Me, he will be questioning if good comedy can be made in today’s world without someone taking offence.

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Cleese will also be meeting certain famous people who have found themselves in the firing line of cancel culture.

He will be meeting with people on the opposite end of cancel culture, the people who are carrying out the cancelling, to understand what it is that’s driving them.

Cleese has previously found himself backed against a wall by political correctness and cancel culture when UKTV temporarily removed an episode of Fawlty Towers over “racial slurs” and “outdated language”.

Cleese has been outspoken on the subject of political correctness in the past, saying that there is no such thing as a “woke” joke.

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