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The co-founder of Monty Python is on a social media mission to get film critics to admit their limits.

How much experience should film critics have regarding writing, acting and / or directing? Does it make sense that people with no experience in filmmaking are film critics? These were the questions that comedy legend and Monty Python co-founder John Cleese had been dealing with on social media over the past week, where he started a debate about the skills necessary for film critics. Just this week, Cleese wrote, "It is strange that given the inability (film critic) (acting, directing or script writing) to be judged about people who can write, direct and act."

The debate over the qualifications of film critics began when Cleese realized last week that sports reporting on television had “improved immensely” by employing former athletes as commentators. Because former athletes have personal experiences with the sport they comment on, they can carefully consider games, coaching decisions, and more. Cleese asked his followers: "Could the same principle now be applied to the arts?"

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"Instead of having critics who can't direct, write, act, sing, dance, or use other expertise, wouldn't we get superior comments from people who can?" Cleese asked. "Why should artistic criticism of talentless people be preferred to that of exceptionally talented people?"

Cleese has noticed that he is not angry with film critics, but "simply wants them to recognize their limits". The comedian added: "For example, critics are amazingly ignorant of the (filmmaking) process."

In a post on August 4, Cleese theorized: "If critics could write, direct or act, they would probably do so and earn more than the amount critics receive." In most cases, the fact that critics are not out there making or acting films means that they are not qualified to do so. So why do they judge art? The followers spoke for and against Cleese's argument in the comment section.

Cleese is in the process of receiving his own reviews for his live stream comedy show "Why There is No Hope" that aired this week. Read all of the comedian's thoughts on film critics in the following articles.

I agree with Oscar

If critics could write or direct or act, they would probably do so and earn more than the amount critics receive

So it is strange that because of their inability they are judged by people who CAN write, lead and act

– John Cleese (@JohnCleese), August 4, 2020

I wonder if the flock of marketers and bureaucrats who now watch television have finally noticed that the fact that former players comment on the sports in which they have excelled has vastly improved sports reporting

Could the same principle now apply to the arts?

Instead of…..

– John Cleese (@JohnCleese), July 28, 2020

… If we have “critics” who cannot direct, write, act, sing, dance, or use other expertise, would we not get superior comments from people who can?

Why should artistic criticism of talentless people be preferred to that of exceptionally talented people?

– John Cleese (@JohnCleese), July 28, 2020

May I introduce you to the Mahn-Krüger effect, which shows you exactly the opposite?

This is understandably not known to the critics

Or if it is, they try to cover it up

May I ask what your job is? https://t.co/jCuTDfFaWb

– John Cleese (@JohnCleese), July 29, 2020

You could become MORE expert …

I've watched football for 67 years and am realistic enough to know that I don't really know what's going on down there on the pitch

But there are one or two great critics who stick to it long enough and have the right learning attitude … https://t.co/ZKCYhOsb98

– John Cleese (@JohnCleese), July 29, 2020

I like your thinking

I think it used to be ten percent, but that was when the newspapers could afford to hire better people https://t.co/OCSFcvysBJ

– John Cleese (@JohnCleese), July 29, 2020

Four points

1. I had dinner with David Dunning two weeks ago and he thinks my point of view is valid.

2. I'm not angry with critics. I just want them to recognize their limits

3. Your last point is a wrong quote, followed by non-sequencing

4. You avoided my question. Why ? https://t.co/NXD3ZxNZPP

– John Cleese (@JohnCleese), July 29, 2020

I recently had dinner with David and what he still says is this

Knowing how good you are at something requires the same talent you need to be really good at it

So if you are not good at something, you lack the skills to realize that you are not good at it. Http://t.co/MnJvyl3fun

– John Cleese (@JohnCleese), July 29, 2020

Who Says The Current System Is Good? The critics probably …

But try talking to some creative people. They want critics to be better informed, but they don't say so

And where do critics get their qualifications from?

Quentin Letts was appointed chief theater critic of the DM. Http://t.co/ECYgLJdSvt

– John Cleese (@JohnCleese), July 29, 2020

True

It is crucial that they love their medium and are not jealous of people who have talent https://t.co/IAiMEyh5l4

– John Cleese (@JohnCleese), July 29, 2020

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