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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”.

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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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