UKTV REMOVES FAULTY TOWERS EPISODE FOR RACIST LANGUAGE, JOHN CLEESE WICKED PISSED
Oh, my. That’s what my grandmother would say. It was always an understatement about something so ridiculous, nothing else would be polite. So about this little racist language situation of an old Faulty Towers episode? Oh, my. But the former Minister of Funny Walks, John Cleese? He’s somewhat more incendiary over the issue. In fact, he’s wicked pissed. There seems to be some question about whether an old episode of the brilliantly funny show has racist language. So the UKTV peeps removed the episode. And Cleese ain’t having it. Not silently, at least.
FAULTY TOWERS “THE GERMANS” EPISODE WAS DATED, BUT TIMES ARE HOT RIGHT NOW
So I must admit, I love John Cleese and the show Faulty Towers. Many consider it to be the funniest complete TV sitcom, ever. I’m not one to measure (no, really!). But it is damn funny. All the stars agreed to end the show when they felt they couldn’t keep the bar ever so high. And now with the international outrage that has erupted in response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we’re revisiting a lot of things. Well, the murder was the big flash point. It’s really about endemic cultural racism in the West and our refusal to accept or change it.
JOHN CLEESE CALLS UKTV BOSSES STUPID, AND HOW HARD IS IT TO BLEEP A WORD, ANYWAY?
So which episode was it? The one with the title, “The Germans.” Those of us who know it know the famous line from it, “don’t mention the war.” So considering it aired in 1975, you can do the math. John Cleese. Faulty Towers. Satire. So yes, the episode portrayed racists. To make fun of them. That’s called satire. And it’s funny. That’s why they wrote it. To make fun of racists who happen to be German. John Cleese said the UKTV peeps who made the call are “stupid.” But yes, the characters on the show use the N-word. Yet not in support of the N-word, obviously.
But here’s the thing. There’s no easy answer for this. I understand both sides of this equation. But it just ain’t that hard to edit a word, is it?