Rowan Atkinson defends Boris Johnson over burka comments

Mr. Bean has defended Boris Johnson, as Rowan Atkinson comments on Johnson’s controversial comments about women wearing burkas.

Rowan said the remarks were funny, writing in a letter to The Times: “As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson’s joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one.”

He added: “All jokes about religion cause offence, so it’s pointless apologising for them.

“You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.”

Boris’ original comment was that Muslim women wearing face coverings “look like letter boxes”, and he compared them to bank robbers and rebellious teenagers in a Telegraph column.

Mr Johnson is to face an investigation by an independent panel after complaints that his comments breached the Conservative Party’s code of conduct.

John Nicoll

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