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So I am sure anyone who is anyone has heard about the Stephen Fry debacle. I have no idea if it is true or not. I just assumed it was someone arsing up his comments as it has been done before.

Stephen Fry is a comedian. Perhaps he was being tongue in cheek? Facetious maybe? I can’t imagine someone so intelligent and worldly as SF not thinking women can enjoy sex.

Even if he did mean it, he has the right to his thoughts and opinions, and people have the right to disagree. What people shouldn’t have the right to do, is to be a dick and send him hate tweets and messages. That is bullying, and as adults we should be above that, especially if we are trying to make a point to the youth of today who HAVE been bullied and hurt by words.

Stephen Fry needs to come back to Twitter to continue this dialog over free speech and rights, and views on sex. He has the power to reach millions, and influence people’s thoughts on the subject in a positive manner whereas I do not. It doesn’t mean I can’t try.

Stephen Fry, please come back to Twitter. My Twitter feed isn’t the same without you.



If you agree or disagree, take it up in the comments.

Date: 2010-11-03 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chippers87.livejournal.com
I agree with you. Stephen absolutely has the right to express his opinions, and people have the right to disagree with him, even express disappointment in his views if that's how they feel. I am sick, though, of mean-spirited humans spewing hatred all while hiding behind a screen name. At least Stephen is, often, brave enough to own his opinions under his own name. Frankly, I'm worried about him. I hope he's just taking time to cool off, but, given his history, I'm always going to be concerned about what's going through his mind at times like these. I hope he comes back.

Date: 2010-11-03 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cindy-lou-who8.livejournal.com
Yes, I feel the same way. I hope that he is ok. <3

It is one thing to disagree and not like what he said and say that, but to call him the Antichrist is a bit much, not to mention all the other things I am sure he was called.

Date: 2010-11-03 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chemina42.livejournal.com
I'm giving him the benefit of doubt on this one especially since he's been misquoted before. People habe no shame, harassing him. Remember that guy that told him he was boring on Twitter? Poor Stephen

Come back Mr. Fry, come back!

Date: 2010-11-03 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cindy-lou-who8.livejournal.com
I know. Poor guy. <3

Date: 2010-11-03 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spicyride.livejournal.com
I don't understand the hate tweets (never will).
If that's how he feels, I totally disagree with him and am a bit disappointed. In saying that though, I know a lot of people who have said things I've been disappointed in, but I still love them.
I'm okay with him being questioned, but the hate? Just wow. Some people seriously have issues.

Date: 2010-11-03 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cindy-lou-who8.livejournal.com
I am all for disagreement and discourse, but the hate is outrageous.

Date: 2010-11-03 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taiga13.livejournal.com
Yes, he has the right to say whatever he wants. But he also has to take responsibility for his actions. If you piss people off, they're going to be pissy.
BTW, not only did the Guardian affirm that he wasn't misquoted and that he was serious but he said the exact same thing in a different interview a year before. He's claiming that he was joking AND that he was misquoted. Neither is true.

Date: 2010-11-03 11:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cindy-lou-who8.livejournal.com
Thank you for stating your opinion in a rational way. It is helpful to hear all opinions and comments on this topic so I can fully understand what was going on.

Date: 2010-11-03 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] topaz-eyes.livejournal.com
If there's one person who should know the power of words, it's Fry. He knew exactly what he was saying, because he's said it before, as Taiga points out. Bottom line, it's what he really believes about women. It's misogynistic and offensive. It's right that he be taken to task for it. And if he's allowed to say these things, others are allowed to express their anger as well.

Date: 2010-11-03 11:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cindy-lou-who8.livejournal.com
The only issue I have is that people were being outright hostile and threatening to him, which I don't think was warranted. It is one thing to disagree, it is another to be hostile.

Date: 2010-11-03 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sodiumbisulfite.livejournal.com
Obviously everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I would think it would be obvious to SF that saying such a thing about a large group of the population who like him was careless and ignorant. Clearly though, that doesn't mean people should be threatening, but they are just as free to express their distaste to his statement. I think the extremely harsh replies come from those who clearly thought SF was empathetic and a wonderful human being. What it comes down to, I think, is that fans really don't know what kinds of people celebrities are. They only have media to go by, and obviously 90% of the time, celebs are going to try to make themselves out to be wonderful people. Which is why I think honest statements like this sting so bad. Fans probably feel betrayed. Just my opinion, I don't really know that much about him.

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