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Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson backs Boris Johnson's 'almost perfect' burqa 'joke' as Tory civil war erupts

Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson backs Boris Johnson's 'almost perfect' burqa 'joke' as Tory civil war erupts



It's now four days since Boris Johnson compared burqa-wearing women to "letterboxes" and "bank robbers".

He faces a police complaint, a Tory discipline probe and a Conservative Party civil war.


But at least he's got backing from one important person - Mr Bean.

Actor Rowan Atkinson - who has a long history of campaigning for free speech - has backed the Tory MP, claiming his "joke" was "almost perfect" so it shouldn't be condemned.

In a letter to The Times, the Blackadder and Johnny English star wrote: ""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.

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