As I wrote previously, Stephen Fry was under fire earlier this week for making comments regarding women’s sexuality. Subjected to condemnation, he left Twitter and nothing further was heard from him. Since then he has published a piece on his website, explaining himself:
I suppose the keenest disappointment I feel about the past week and the almost incredible weirdnesses it has brought in its train is the idea that there are people out there who actually swallow the notion that I am so stupid as to believe that women don’t enjoy sex. That I not only believe it but that I am dense, dotty and suicidally deluded enough to make a public declaration of such a crazed belief.
Stephen Fry has quit Twitter. Some are saying that his tweet, “So some fucking paper misquotes a humorous interview I gave, which itself misquoted me and now I’m the Antichrist. I give up.” and his subsequent, “Bye bye” is a “hissy fit”.
Maybe. We’re all entitled to bad behaviour. I also wonder if it is a reaction occurring during a manic phase (Fry is quite open about his bipolar) when feeling piled upon. The only person who would know that would be him, and his doctor, but I have to say that’s how it comes across to me.
So, what was he supposedly misquoted in saying?
I know many readers will have seen this already. For those who have not, don’t have the sound too loud in a public place.
Language warning for those with sensitive ears. Pure joy warning for those who want to see some straight talk about gay marriage and equality.
FCKH8.com Straight Talk About Gay Marriage from FCKH8.com on Vimeo.
It was a bit of a shock to read Crikey last week and find that Guy Rundle, usually reliable for a left-wing view of the world, had descended into railing against adoption by male same-sex couples.
Rundle’s piece can be found here. My reply was paywalled, but the text is copied below. Rundle then replied at the bottom of this, and there was one more salvo from a Luke Wallace here.
Make of it what you will.