Stephen Fry dumps Twitter over BAFTA ‘bag lady’ bust-up
While presenting the Sunday awards show, Fry compared costume designer Jenny Beavan to a "bag lady" after she accepted the Best Costume Design award for her work on the film "Mad Max: Fury Road".
"Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady," Fry said, poking fun at Beavan’s choice of attire - a black leather jacket, white t-shirt and black jeans.
The remark did not go down well with all viewers, however, with social media users branding Fry, who has presented the awards show since 2001, as "misogynistic" and "hideously rude".
Receiving such a backlash online, Fry, who was seen as one of the top celebrities on the social network, responded to his critics with an expletive-laden tweet noting that Beavan was a friend of his and didn’t take offense.
Stephen Fry's "dressed as a bag lady" joke about the winner of costume design was horrid. True colours, there. #BAFTA— Beth Neil (@bethneil) February 14, 2016
Did Stephen Fry just shade how someone else is dressed whilst looking like a footstool in a 1930s gentleman's club? #bafta— Chris Rubery (@Chrisrubery) February 14, 2016
"Will all you sanctimonious f**kers f*ck the f*ck off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate. Christ I want to leave the planet," Fry wrote on the social network.
He then tweeted a picture of Beavan and himself with the caption: "Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry at the #EEBAFTAs after party".
Plenty of people defended Fry’s joke though, including actor Matt Lucas and comedian David Baddiel.
@stephenfry Didn't you get the memo? No-one is allowed to do jokes anymore.— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) February 14, 2016
@StephenFry outrage confers identity on the anonymous, unfortunately..it's the curse of here. Well done tonight, grand job.— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) February 14, 2016
Stephen Fry pokes fun at his good friend.— Futile Democracy (@Futiledemocracy) February 15, 2016
She finds it funny.
Twitter's "I'm offended" mob have a self righteous breakdown.
Fry has deleted his account on the social network on a number of occasions, the last time being from February to May 2015 - and this hasn’t gone unnoticed.
I make this the fifth time that Stephen Fry has flounced off Twitter. Your business is being in the news. Get over yourself, christ.— papi kris ✌✨ (@kristiancarter) February 15, 2016
Does anyone really care that Stephen Fry left Twitter (again)? Just set up a bot tweeting "tosh" & "woopsie" every 10mins, no one'll notice— Terry Funky Weapon (@veidtlemania) February 15, 2016
Stephen Fry has left Twitter:— Old Holborn ✘ (@Holbornlolz) February 15, 2016
I know this is a massively unpopular opinion, but I find Stephen Fry an extremely precious wanker. Amongst other things, he waxes lyrical...— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) February 14, 2016