Comedians are supposed to come up with funny jokes. However, sometimes they make controversial or even offensive jokes that might be interpreted by the audience as an offensive insult. Not surprisingly, BAFTA’s 2016 host and worldwide famous comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry was roughly criticized for his imprudent joke on BAFTA-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan.
Fry said of Beavan: “Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady”. The viewers weren’t happy with the jibe and expressed their feelings on social media immediately:
Ouch! Cruel is never funny, Mr Fry, #BAFTA
— Shelagh Fogarty (@ShelaghFogarty) February 14, 2016
— Lucy Adlington (@historywardrobe) February 14, 2016
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
How nice that a top moment in Jenny Beavan’s career was undermined by a dude dressed as a snooker table. #BAFTA
— Kayleigh Anne (@Ceilidhann) February 14, 2016
Y’know… I think Stephen Fry needs to grow up. On some brutally honest shit, someone as intelligent as him should be more self-aware.
— Bae Grylls (@TheAuracl3) February 15, 2016
Facing this attack, Fry was quick to respond: “So just a word to the tragic figures who think calling Jenny Beavan a bag lady was an insult. She’s a dear friend and she got it. Derrr”. Even Beaven herself approved this: “Yes we are friends, and I am absolutely not upset. But I don’t want to talk any further because if I talk about it it will just create more fuss”.
However, it wasn’t enough for some people, and the judgmental comments continued to rise. Then the veteran actor sent a rather blunt message to his critics: “Will all you sanctimonious f*ckers f*ck the f*ck off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate. Christ I want to leave the planet”. Instead, he sensationally left Twitter that night.
Stephen Fry has already deleted his Twitter account in the past, and has restarted it later. In light of this, we might see a continuation of this dramatic story.