BBC interview with me was dishonest and misleading, says Cleese

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John Cleese says he’s filing an official complaint about the “deception, dishonesty and tone” of a recent BBC interview he gave.

The Monty Python star claimed the interviewer tried to portray him as “old-fashioned, indifferent and fundamentally dangerous” and failed to discuss the agreed-upon topics.

“I just did an interview with BBC World Asia. It was to talk about the shows I do in Singapore and Bangkok, ”he wrote in a Twitter thread.

“Instead, the interviewer, whose name I think was Karishma, started by asking me about Cancel Culture.

“I responded courteously and explained in detail that if the parents were too protective it did not prepare the children well when they entered the real world and often not very kind.

“Then she asked a rambling question, clearly trying to portray me as old-fashioned, indifferent and fundamentally harmful.”

Cleese said his answer was “totally ignored” by the interviewer, who then asked him about the ongoing pandemic and Dave Chapelle.

“I took off my headphones saying this was not the interview I had agreed to do,” he said.

“So I’m officially complaining to the BBC about the deception, dishonesty and tone of this interview. Karishma had no interest in arguing with me.

“She only wanted the role of prosecutor. The BBC has to train her again.

He added: “The media will undoubtedly report that I ‘took by storm.’ I did not do it. I haven’t lost my temper either.

“But I was depressed that this kind of ego-presenter crap was so prevalent now.”

Last month, the comedian was “blacklisted” by the Cambridge Union debate society after a historian who passed himself off as Adolf Hitler was banned during a debate in company.

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