Cleese in trouble over Pistorius “joke”

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COMEDIAN John Cleese has been branded “disgusting” after tweeting a sick joke about Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s murder charge.

The South African, 26, nicknamed Blade Runner, is currently in custody after reportedly shooting his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the middle of the night after mistaking her for a burglar.

The Fawlty Towers star tweeted his 2.5 million followers: “Oscar’s defence will be that he was absolutely legless at the time”.

Cleese was criticised by followers for his joke about Pistorius. Pic: Paul Boxley
Cleese was criticised by followers for his joke about Pistorius. Pic: Paul Boxley

 

Within minutes his joke was quickly branded “disgusting”, “sick” and “disrespectful”.

One Twitter follower, Thurlie, hit out at the comedian, writing: “That was distasteful and disrespectful. A woman lost her life.”

Kellie Hill agreed, writing: “Someone’s daughter is dead, I fail to see how that is amusing to anyone.”

Gill McCain said: “Bad taste and not even remotely funny.”

John Allers was also un-amused, tweeting: “There is a victim and their family. Think of them. But in times like this we see the true character of a person. Sick.”

Martin Dalamini added: “A little sensitivity please someone did die and another is facing a murder charge in case u didn’t notice.”

Pistorius - known as the blade runner - is said to have killed his girlfriend after mistaking her for a burglar
Pistorius – known as the blade runner – is said to have killed his girlfriend after mistaking her for a burglar

 

Some of his followers saw the funny side though, with Tom Wright tweeting: “If you don’t like that type of joke then I would avoid using any form of social networking site for a few days.”

Another user, called Rebecca agreed, writing: “If John Cleese jokes about it, then it’s Ok.”

Oscar Pistorius’s 26, is widely known as the Blade Runner, and has also been dubbed ‘the fastest man on no legs’.

The Johannesburg athlete, who was born without fibulas in his legs and had the limbs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, had to win a legal battle over his blades with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2008 for the right to compete in able-bodied competition.

He was the first double amputee to run in the able-bodied Olympics and reached the 400 semi-finals in London 2012.

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  1. All said and done- these jokes might be tasteless to some people but here in South Africa the jokes hit the cyber world BEFORE Oscar Pistorius was even charged and in most cases a good joke relieves the tension. Our sympathies go out to the Steenkamp family as well as to the Pistorius family. We have a saying here in South Africa “innocent until proven guilty” but in this matter and after listening to the evidence and Oscar’s statement at the bail hearing it seems that he indeed does not have a leg to stand on! Excellent Mr Cleese! Your joke had me in stitches! And cheered me up considerably on a rather gloomy day.

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