Firstly he was mocked by the ethnic Pakistani Mayor of London in this tweet. Then on Good Morning Britain there was a discussion about Cleese's comments involving six people, five of whom were black and Asian while the sixth was Russian! How did the producers not see the irony?
You can watch the exchange below, in which two of the participants have already decided that Cleese is a racist old fool, while he is defended by a Russian guy and former England cricketer Monty Panesar. Let's also remember that white racists, by and large, don't choose to go and live on a Caribbean island inhabited predominantly by black people. Cleese lives on the isle of Nevis.
Adil Ray, aka sitcom character 'Citizen Khan', seems to think that someone is 'English' merely by residing in London. The Russian dude seemed to find this absurd as surely most people watching at home did.
If three Asians, two blacks and a Russian didn't convince everyone that Cleese was right, the man himself was on the offensive today...
I suspect I should apologise for my affection for the Englishness of my upbringing,— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) May 29, 2019
but in some ways I found it calmer, more polite, more humorous, less tabloid, and less money-oriented than the one that is replacing it https://t.co/ZntbORfQdW
@VictoriaW1212 again rather proving Cleese's point, not only in that London is less English, but in that it also voted to Remain by a country mile.
It might interest those people who seem to think my remarks about London— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) May 29, 2019
are racist as opposed to culturalist, to consider that what I like about spending time in Nevis.
Nevis has excellent race relations, a very well educated population, no sign of political correctness......
......no sign of Rupert Murdoch, conscientious lawyers, a relaxed and humorous life style, a deep love of cricket, and a complete lack of knife crime— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) May 29, 2019
And, of course, wonderful weather
And the icing on the cake is that Nevis is not the world centre for Russian dirty money laundering— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) May 29, 2019
I think it's legitimate to prefer one culture to another— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) May 30, 2019
For example, I prefer cultures that do not tolerate female genital mutilation.
Will this will be considered racist by all those who hover, eagerly hoping that someone will offend them - on someone else's behalf, naturally https://t.co/4WbZDFjs3o
One of the trolls retweeted by Cleese actually deleted her Twitter account as she couldn't handle a counter argument. The irony.