Comedian and star of the infamous British television series Monty Python, Terry Jones, admitted that he and the rest of the Python cast would be “frightened” and “think twice” before daring to mock Muslims in a comedic sketch today, due to the politically correct bend of society.
The Life Of Brian star said he still can't believe his 1979 comedy about Jesus would be as controversial as it was at the time, and when asked if he would make a similarly satirical film about Muslims today, Jones replied, “Probably not – looking at Salman Rushdie. I suppose people would be frightened":
“I think it’s whipped up by the arms industry. I read an in-house magazine called Weapons Today before the Gulf War and the editorial was headlined, ‘Thank God for Saddam’ and went on to say that since perestroika we have an enemy no one can complain about.
“So in future we look for Islam to replace communism.
“I thought they were joking – the Crusades were 1,000 years ago – but of course that’s what’s happening now.” The star, who has a two-year-old daughter by his 28-year-old Swedish girlfriend, is “amazed” The Life Of Brian still provokes rage. “We’re still discussing it, and I don’t know why,” he says.
Below is a clip from the over three-decade-old film. Caution, it does contain content that some may find offensive. One wonders what public reaction would be if this were a movie depicting Muslims today. In reality, however, such a film probably wouldn't even be made at all.
Watch Python "look on the bright side of life":