Comedy legend John Cleese turned up the heat on someone who used “snowflake” as a derisive term.

The actor and Monty Python alum tweeted:

Yes I've heard this word. I think sociopaths use it in an attempt to discredit the notion of empathy

— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) July 8, 2018

Cleese had been jokingly tweeting out insults about various World Cup soccer teams and their fans ― along with at least one sarcastic apology ― when someone came in and dropped the “s” word.

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:

I knowBut I seem to have a licence to be naughty. Chapman gave it to me and it's still validIn fact the older I get, the more valid it becomesBecause the self-righteous need my help, in their struggle for self awareness

— 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.”


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