Published On: Mon, Feb 15th, 2016

Stephen Fry deletes Twitter account after Baftas ‘bag lady’ criticism

The host of the British Academy awards has gone offline after responding to those offended by a joke he made about costume designer Jenny Beavan
 
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Stephen Fry appears to have deleted his Twitter account, in the wake of his angry response to those criticising a joke he made during Sunday’s Bafta awards ceremony.

The actor, who has hosted the ceremony since 2001, referred to costume design award-winner Jenny Beavan’s appearance after she left the stage, which caused offence online. “Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady, ” he joked.

After users tweeted him their distaste, he angrily responded in a number of updates, reminding people that Beavan is a close friend of his and she was aware of his intention. He wrote: “Will all you sanctimonious fuckers fuck the fuck off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate. Christ I want to leave the planet”.

 

Stephen Fry שמג costume designer Jenny Beavan

Fry continued to argue with users during the night and retweet those who were supporting him. He also shared a picture of himself and Beavan, with the caption: “Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry at the #EEBAFTAs after party”.

The night’s big winners included Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson, as best actor and actress.

Read the full story at The Guardian, by Benjamin Lee

 

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