Comedy legend John Cleese has been accused of being transphobic after a flurry of tweets Sunday in support of “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling — admitting that he was “not that interested” in transgender rights.
The 81-year-old “Monty Python” star was attacked while sparring online with followers angered by his decision to sign a letter of support for Rowling amid the huge backlash over her views on transgender issues.
“Deep down, I want to be a Cambodian policewoman. Is that allowed, or am I being unrealistic?” he replied to someone who asked why he couldn’t “just let people be who they want to be.”
Challenged whether he accepted that Rowling made “some rather indelicate statements regarding those people who identify differently,” Cleese quipped, “That depends who I identify with today…”
“I’m afraid I’m not that interested in trans folks,” he admitted when pressed to “be upfront” about his views on Rowling’s controversy.
“I just hope they’re happy and that people treat them kindly,” he wrote.