This is unimaginably tragic.
The team did release a statement on the matter, though (below):
With so many opinions flooding the internet every day, we're now living in an age where no joke comes without some sort of public backlash.
British comic Stephen Fry has never been shy about sharing what's on his mind, but after Twitter users took offense to a joke he said while hosting the BAFTA Awards this weekend, he decided to tap out of the social media site altogether!
"Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady."
That joke was enough to set off hundreds of Twitter tirades, who thought the joke was misogynistic, disrespectful, and probably bag-phobic as well.
The 58-year-old tried to explain that he and Beavan were good friends, and she was in on the joke — he even shared a photo of himself with the Oscar-winning designer at the afterparty.
But after the comedian was still faced with tweets calling him mean, he was ironically harassed into abandoning the site altogether!
In an entry on his website, Fry explained how Twitter had become:
"A stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who love to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended – worse, to be offended on behalf of others they do not even know. It's as nasty and unwholesome a characteristic as can be imagined. It doesn't matter whether they think they're defending women, men, transgender people, Muslims, humanists … the ghastliness is absolutely the same."
Fry isn't the only comedian to face the wrath of the rapidly-growing outrage culture that has become social media.
Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey have made it clear they don't give a f*ck if people find their jokes offensive — because usually, the offended individuals take the joke at face value instead of actually taking the time to understand it.
Do YOU think Fry crossed the line, or do people need to chill out?
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