Rowan Atkinson: Church of England clerics are 'smug and arrogant'
Speaking in an exclusive interview for The Times, the actor and comedian, who has played many clerics in his career, suggested they deserved to be mocked.
But Christians have reacted angrily to those comments, describing them as “stereotypical” and unjustified.
“I used to think that the vicars that I played or the exaggerated sketches about clerics were unreasonable satires on well meaning individuals,” Mr Atkinson said in the interview.
“But, actually, so many of the clerics that I’ve met, particularly the Church of England clerics, are people of such extraordinary smugness and arrogance and conceitedness who are extraordinarily presumptuous about the significance of their position in society.
“Increasingly, I believe that all the mud that Richard Curtis and I threw at them through endless sketches that we’ve done is more than deserved.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8786968/Rowan-Atkinson-Church-of-England-clerics-are-smug-and-arrogant.html