Monty Python is by no means a new group of comedians. As many of you know the group hails from the UK and are known for their low budget comedy “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” A film that came out in 1975, which is a parody on King Arthur and the search for the holy grail. But seeing as it was a group out of Britain in the 60’s and 70’s they are obviously white males. As that was the culture and really it shouldn’t matter as long as they are funny and entertain the audience. But nowadays this is considered bad form, to have a group comprised solely of Caucasians, as Monty Python recently found out.
A BBC Boss, Shane Allen, believes groups like Monty Python would not be commissioned in this day and age, as they are not diverse enough.
“If you’re going to assemble a team now it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes,” Allen said in June. “It’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world.
“And I think we’ve heard the metropolitan, educated experience,” he continued. “I think it’s about how original a voice you have over what school you went to.”
John Cleese weighed in on the criticism.
“BBC’s Head of Comedy puts Monty Python’s lack of originality down to a surfeit of education and racist bias
Unfair ! We were remarkably diverse FOR OUR TIME
We had three grammar-school boys, one a poof, and Gilliam, though not actually black, was a Yank. And NO slave-owners”
Watch John Cleese On Political Correctness.
He brings up an interesting point as Universities are getting to be places of Liberal indoctrination as opposed to places of learning and free thinking. Instead, you have conservative speakers who are turned away from campuses aka safe places and students who not allowed to have their ideas challenged.
Comedians push boundaries and make way for the future generations. They should be able to practice their craft regardless of differences and with whomever, they please.
Luckily we were able to get some great comedy when we could before the PC, oversensitive movement came about.