Thought I’d put this on Tumblr before, but can’t find it now, and want to share it with someone on Twitter, so here it is again:
No-one asked, but this video - which I saw on the actual “What About Me” DVD by accident - was my final straw moment with Stephen Fry:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A211L382EVI
It’s not so much what he says - which I really think is idiotic but he’s allowed to think idiotic things - it’s the cult of personality that surrounds him, and that he often seems happy to feed off of… and…
Well, you might remember reading a huge blog rant by him, wherein he complained that anyone who believed that he really thought this stuff because they’d read it in a “newspaper” - which he’d no sooner agree to be interviewed by than you would agree to be raped, by the way - must be stupid, and that he’d been taken out of context and misquoted. And you might think “Well, Fry has clearly addressed it, so what’s the problem?”
But this video ISN’T what Fry was ranting about. He was getting all self-righteously kiddy-spanked (apparently butt-hurt has connotations I’d never considered before, but kiddy-spanked sounds stupid) about a print interview in which he claims to have been edited and stripped of context to the point where it appears that he is sincerely saying that women don’t like sex and only do it to gain from a transaction of some kind, the proof of which is that they don’t hang out in parks to have sex, and prostitutes have to be paid to do it.
He spends several hundred (thousand?) words berating anybody stupid enough to believe the hatchet job the journalists did on him, by making it sound like he said…
Well, the exact same thing he says in this video, apparently unedited, and clearly sincerely (if he isn’t being sincere, he’s a way better actor than his career thus far has suggested).
I have no idea why the journos who picked up on the magazine article didn’t pick up on this video as well. And I haven’t seen Fry discuss how misrepresented he was in this video anywhere. And the amount of cognitive dissonance I see in his character, and the way people flock to him in such a credulous and awestruck way does my head in.
Alan Davies can fuck off, too. LOVED that guy’s stand-up, but a bully is a bully is a bully. It actually caught me quite by surprise in his case.