Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness has hit out at John Cleese for saying he identifies as a ‘Cambodian police woman’ while defending JK Rowling’s stance on the transgender community.
In September the Monty Python star, 81, had added his name to a letter of ‘solidarity’ with JK Rowling, who has expressed views on transgender people deemed by many to be transphobic.
When he was questioned for his support for the Harry Potter author, Cleese said he was more concerned with other issues like corruption than ‘trans folks’.
Sharing a screenshot of Cleese’s support for Rowling, one wrote on Twitter: ‘Why the f*** can’t you just let people be who they want to be? Do you actually think there is some deep conspiracy to turn people “against their genders”? Or do you like her as a person and therefore there isn’t anything she can do wrong? Latter probably…’
To which Cleese then responded: ‘Deep down, I want to be a Cambodian police woman. Is that allowed, or am I being unrealistic?’
Following his controversial post, Van Ness, 33, has since slammed the comedian, writing: ‘Dear @JohnCleese you’ve made several transphobic comments here.
‘You do seem to not only be interested in trans folks, but also adding to transphobia at a time when trans people are being murdered world wide.
‘Trans & non binary people aren’t being treated kindly.’
The Netflix star follows a number of fellow social media users who have also expressed their disapproval at Cleese’s comments.
Journalist Katelyn Burns tweeted: ‘If I were John Cleese, I’d simply wish to be relevant.’
Another replied: ‘You’re obviously welcome to your opinions. However, you have to understand this statement is deeply unkind and will alienate a lot of people who I imagine loved you and your work.’
Cleese continued: ‘I’m afraid I’m not that interested in trans folks. I just hope they’re happy and that people treat them kindly.
‘Right now I’m more focussed on threats to democracy in America, the rampant corruption in the UK, the appalling British Press, the revelations about police brutality… Covid19, the incompetence of the British government, China’s complete disregard for the necessity to abandon fossil fuels, the developments in France between Macron and Islamicists, diabetes and the recent deaths of several of my close friends.
‘Does that sound hard-hearted?’
Cleese had previously said he was ‘baffled’ by the criticism that Rowling had received for her views, after she had argued that same-sex attraction and reality of women are erased if ‘sex isn’t real’, claiming that there is a conflict between the ‘radical trans movement and women’s rights’.
Credit: Original article published here.