John Cleese faces a backlash after he took a dig at the Irish language on Twitter.
The actor tweeted: "I love your use of words! But, seriously, if an Irish 'bh' is a 'v' sound, why don't you write it with a 'v'?”
He continued to say that Bernard Shaw pointed out in English, the word ‘Fish’ could be spelt G-H-O-T-I.
When questioned about the comment he stated that Irish names look like "deliberate attempts to mislead innocent people”.
They look like deliberate attempts to mislead innocent people https://t.co/m89bM8Pp8z— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) June 23, 2019
“Maybe, just maybe, it's a completely different language,” one user said in response while others reiterated that the Irish alphabet does not include the letter 'v'.
No ‘V’ in the Irish alphabet, John. pic.twitter.com/2BV3zKvjd9
— gav beattie (@gav_beattie) June 23, 2019
Why would you bother with 26 letters when all you need is 18? pic.twitter.com/VM9Gk3wt1J
— Daniel Collins (@DanielCollins85) June 23, 2019
Another simply asked him if he knew what the letter h achieves in the name John.
Game of Thrones’ Liam Cunningham replied to the actor questioning why the word ‘phonetic’ isn’t spelt phonetically in the English language.
Why isn’t phonetic spelt phonetically?
— liam cunningham (@liamcunningham1) June 23, 2019
While the popular Irish twitter account, The Irish For has this to say:
Muintir na Twitter!
If John Cleese wants to get your attention, let him make a good comedy again.
Until then, he's just some guy you knew years ago who you've nothing in common with anymore.— The Irish For 👨👧👦🎈 (@theirishfor) June 23, 2019
You OK, Jawn?