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Stephen Fry deletes Twitter account after facing flack over BAFTA ‘Bag Lady’ joke

Stephen Fry has removed his twitter account after arguing online with some of his critics over a joke he made during the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award.

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Fry, who has been hosting for the BAFTA‘s since 2001, commented on the appearance of costume design award-winner Jenny Beaven at the event on Sunday.

He stated “only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady”.




The majority of the BAFTA audience laughed at the gag.

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Jenny Beaven proudly holds up her trophy. Photo: Getty images


However, online some people were offended by the host’s remarks.

After tweeters informed Fry of their dislike for his joke he angrily responded in multiple tweets showing how exasperated he was at the outrage to his comment.



He began to swear telling “all you f******* the f*** off”.


The actor insisted he was only “joshing” with Jenny Beavan and they are both truly good friends.

Fry received support from some of his fans and retweeted their messages.

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The next day Fry confirms on his website “I have indeed deactivated my twitter account”.

He states despite his online tirade, which he thinks some might wrongly construe was him having a tantrum and “in a huff throwing my toys out of my pram as I go” he hasn’t “slammed the door” on Twitter for good, but has just temporarily “left”.

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The QI host on his website metaphorically likens Twitter to be a pool now “frothy with scum”, “trolls” and “a stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who love to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended – worse, to be offended on behalf of others they do not even know”.

One tweeter agrees with Fry’s reasoning for abandoning twitter.


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