The full tweet read: “Glad to see Ford creating 500 more jobs on Merseyside
“Let’s hope no one encroaches on the plant.”
And Cleese, also a producer and screenwriter, faced a backlash on the social platform, Liverpool Echo reports.
One Twitter user said, “1980s called and want their joke back.”
Another added: “Tired old stereotype.”
A third user also said, “I thought you were better than that.”
Other people said the joke wasn’t funny either.
One person tweeted: ‘This is hopelessly not funny and rather sad as a result.’
A second person tweeted, “Ooo, pissed! Any info on the guy running the shop on the corner? Or maybe some stepmom jokes?”
A father of two, Cleese played in Monty Python movies, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life, but some Twitter users pointed out than the Beatles lead guitarist george harrisonalongside business partner Denis O’Brien, produced and donated money to fund Life of Brian with their HandMade Films production.
“Without a certain Scouser…there was NO PYTHON MOVIE,” the tweet read.
Ford has trusted post-Brexit Britain with this huge investment. It will largely go into the production electric vehicle components.
The factory, at Halewood, Merseyside, will be “transformed” to build powertrains for Ford’s all-electric vehicles in Europe.
The American company said Halewood will be the company’s first in-house electric vehicle component assembly site in Europe, with production commencing in 2024.