Mr Bean defends Boris Johnson's burqa "joke"

Following Boris Johnson's controversial comments in the Daily Telegraph this weekend, the voices of the nation have been having their say.

The prime minister, Theresa May, has suggested the former foreign secretary should apologise for writing that Muslim women who wear the burqa look like "letter boxes" or a "bank robber", saying that his comments had "clearly caused offence".

Yesterday (August 9), protestors gathered in Johnson's constituency chanting "ban Boris" and demanding he step down as MP.

But the opinion the public have all been waiting on tenterhooks for is that of the great and British institution, Mr Bean.

British comedian Rowan Atkinson, who famously gave Mr Bean to the world as one of this country's biggest exports, has now given his verdict on the comments made by Johnson in a letter to The Times.

"As a life-long beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson's joke about wearers of the burqa resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one," said the Blackadder and Mr Bean actor.

"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."

Of course, it is rumoured that Boris based his tenure as foreign secretary on Atkinson's turn as Blackadder, so it seems only natural the comedian has come to the defence of his most enthusiastic impersonator.