The person who sparked the entire exchange, however, appears to have deleted both the tweet and the account.
In another exchange, a reader suggested that Cleese got away with the off-color humor in his World Cup insults because of “privilege.”
Cleese didn’t disagree, tweeting:
But I seem to have a licence to be naughty. Chapman gave it to me and it’s still valid
In fact the older I get, the more valid it becomes
Because the self-righteous need my help, in their struggle for self awareness https://t.co/GPmPdVEUoG
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) July 8, 2018
Chapman refers to the late Graham Chapman, another member of Monty Python. Chapman, who died in 1989, was often Cleese’s writing partner in the group.
Various memes, tweets and posts have attempted to determined the origin of the term “snowflake” as an insult. The New York Times said last year the roots of “snowflake” in its current use date to the 1996 Chuck Palahniuk novel “Fight Club.”