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Comedian and actor John Cleese tweeted on Sunday that men have an “unfair advantage” over biological women in sports.
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He was responding to a tweet from GB News journalist Martin Daubney. Cleese called out transgender cyclist Cara Dixon who recently won in the women’s category at the Dirty Riever gravel race in the U.K.
Dixon outpaced the competition and beat the second-place winner by over an hour.
“Bloke who pretends to be a woman thrashes nearest actual female cyclist by ONE HOUR – yet would have been 19th in the men’s race, where he belongs,” Daubney captioned his tweet.
“It’s time to end the cruel, unfair charade of biological men in women’s sports!”
“Biological men in women’s sports have an unfair advantage,” Cleese responded, weighing in among many who found the outcome unsettling.
On Daubney’s thread, some called for Dixon to be disqualified and labeled them as a “cheat.”
Many others in the thread criticized Daubney’s “transphobic” take. They argued that the race was insignificant since it was untamed and offered no rewards for winning.
On Cleese’s thread, trans activists also criticized the opinion that biological men have an “unfair advantage” when competing against women.
“Please talk to doctors who actually work in transition. This ‘thought’ has been thoroughly debunked,” one user wrote.
Another critic said, “Link your sources for claims of scientific or genetic advantage.”
A lot of others agreed with Cleese and said “well said” or “agreed”, but they warned Cleese that he might become a victim of cancel culture for his take on the matter.
The “Monty Python” star has consistently been against cancel culture and censorship in the past. He told Fox News Digital last year that no comedian should ever be canceled for telling a joke.
“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. What you have to be able to do is to build without knowing where you’re going because you’ve never been there before.”
“That’s what creativity is—you have to be allowed to build. And 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,” he said.
He also recently said that cancel culture “misunderstands the main purposes of life, which is to have fun.”
“Everything humorous is critical. If you have someone who is perfectly kind and intelligent and flexible and who always behaves appropriately, they’re not funny. Funniness is about people who don’t do that, like Trump,” he told Reuters.
He explained that comedians have to touch on sensitive subjects or else their comedy falls flat. He said that comedians specifically “have to set the bar according to what we are told by the most touchy, most emotionally unstable and fragile and least stoic people in the country.”