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published time By Sonali Velinker Kamat published time 17 Feb, 2016 Share image 0 Shares


Being a stand-up comedian isn’t easy. Ask Stephen Fry, who has really taken the heat this week since calling costume designer Jenny Beavan a “bag lady” at the BAFTAs on February 14. Needless to say, the joke didn’t go down well with too many people and now it seems the criticism is more than Fry can swallow.

Despite offering an explanation and insisting that “joshing is legitimate,” trolls pushed Fry past endurance with their disapproval, causing the comic to deactivate his Twitter account. But Fry isn’t one to go with a whimper, taking to his blog to slam users on the social media site for ruining “fun.”

In a lengthy post, he wrote: “It’s no big deal — as it shouldn’t be. But yes, for anyone interested I have indeed deactivated my Twitter account… I like to believe I haven’t slammed the door, much less stalked off in a huff throwing my toys out of the pram as I go or however one should phrase it. It’s quite simple really: the room had started to smell. Really quite bad. Oh goodness, what fun Twitter was in the early days, a secret bathing-pool in a magical glade in an enchanted forest... But now the pool is stagnant. It is frothy with scum, clogged with weeds and littered with broken glass, sharp rocks and slimy rubbish... The fun is over.”

His jokes may occasionally be inappropriate, but there’s no debating that this bloke has the gift of the gab. Having quit Twitter twice before, only to return after a short spell, will this third cut be the deepest? We think not. After all, a man with so much to say can hardly renounce his online audience forever!

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