Comedian John Cleese revealed last week that an original scene for his revival of Monty Python’s Life of Brian stage show, during which a character declared it was his right to have a baby and be called Loretta, is set to be cut out.
In the scene, the character Stan claims he desires to be a woman because he “wants to have babies.” He continued, “It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.”
When Cleese’s character Reg pushes back and tells him, “But you can’t have babies,” Stan responds, “Don’t you oppress me.” Reg then points out that Stan doesn’t “have a womb.” He concluded that it’s “symbolic of his struggle against reality.”
In July of 2022, Cleese was asked if comedians have the freedom to be funny, to which he responded with “No.” He continued, “I think it's particularly worrying at the moment because you can only create in an atmosphere of freedom where you're not checking everything you say critically before you move on."
“A lot of comedians now are sitting there and when they think of something, they say something like, 'Can I get away with it? I don't think so. So and so got into trouble, and he said that, oh, she said that.' You see what I mean? And that's the death of creativity," Cleese said.
In recent years making jokes about the transgender community has become controversial. Comedian Chrissie Mayr was heckled as a group of women stormed out of the comedy club after she made a joke about transgender TikToker Dylan Mulvayney. She told Fox News Digital, “True equality is being able to joke about everybody."
Similarly, activists claimed that Dave Chappelle was “punching down” when he made jokes supposedly at the expense of trans-identifying people. At one point, activists staged a protest outside of Netflix to get his specials removed from the platform.
He was also assaulted on stage last year by a man offended by his jokes. “I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect,” the man said.
Monty Python’s Life of Brian is a film from 1979, listed in the IMDB top 250 movies with a rating of 8.0 out of 10.
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