Stephen Fry On Women, Regret

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.

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oeming:

Love for Sergio Toppi whom I had the pleasure of having dinner with

Lovely stuff.

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Blimey. Buster Keaton, innit?

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carry-on-my-otp:

If Stuntmen from the old movies don’t have your full respect then I just don’t know what to say to you

l tried really hard not to reblog this

Yeah, it is indeed really hard not to reblog a fucking thing.

Can we all agree that the man in the first gif is the manliest man in the world?

Are we just going to all silently acknowledge that the last guy is clearly dead and that we just saw him die. 

HOLD UP FOR A SECOND

ALL OF THESE GIFS ARE ONE MAN

THE SINGULAR BUSTER KEATON

WHILE FILMING THE GENERAL

HE SNAPPED HIS NECK ON THE RAILROAD TIES AND WENT HOME AND ICED HIS BODY

AND CAME BACK FOR WORK THE NEXT DAY

HE ONCE GOT HIS HIP RIPPED OUT OF ITS SOCKET BY A MALFUNCTIONING ELEVATOR AND WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH HIMSELF FOR BEING INJURED

HE ONCE HAD TO FALL 100 FEET DOWN A WATERFALL INTO A NET

A STUNTMAN TESTED IT AND BROKE BOTH LEGS AND DISLOCATED HIS SHOULDER

BUSTER DID THE STUNT ANYWAY AND LANDED WITHOUT A SCRATCH

IN ‘THE HIGH DIVE’

BUSTER DID A TRICK DIVE THROUGH A CARDBOARD DECK THAT WAS CAMOUFLAGED TO LOOK LIKE THE REAL DECK

ONLY HE COULDN’T TELL FROM 100 FEET UP WHERE THE CARDBOARD STOPPED AND THE REAL DECK STARTED AND THERE WAS ONLY LIKE A THREE FOOT MARGIN FOR ERROR

AND WHEN HE HESITATED A SUDDEN BREEZE LITERALLY KNOCKED HIM OFF THE DIVING BOARD AND HE HAD TO JUMP ANYWAY

AND HE MISSED THE REAL DECK BY LESS THAN A FOOT BUT HE MADE IT

IN THE SECOND GIF HE’S RECREATING SOMETHING THAT THE ACTUAL GENERAL PURSUERS HAD TO DO IN THE CIVIL WAR

IF HE MISSES THAT TIE

THE TRAIN WILL BE DERAILED AND HE WILL DIE IN THE EXPLOSION

IN THE THIRD GIF AN ENTIRE HOUSE IS FALLING HE HAS ONE TAKE AND IF HE HAS NOT DONE THE CALCULATIONS CORRECTLY HE WILL BE CRUSHED

HE HAS AN INCH-WIDE MARGIN ON EACH SIDE

AND THE HOUSE LITERALLY BRUSHES HIS LEFT SHOULDER ON THE WAY DOWN

YOU CAN SEE HIS LEFT ARM JUMP BECAUSE HE’S FLINCHING FROM THE PAIN

THAT LAST GIF

HE WAS SUPPOSED TO MAKE THAT JUMP

HE WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO FALL AND THEY HADNT PLANNED FOR IT

BUT HE SURVIVED

BUSTER KEATON SURVIVED 100% OF THINGS THAT WOULD HAVE KILLED LESSER MEN INCLUDING WWI, TORNADOS, HOUSEFIRES, ALCOHOLISM, BROKEN NETS, CRUSHING DEPRESSION, THE DEPRESSION ITSELF, THE MCCARTHY WITCHHUNTS, THE END OF SILENT CINEMA, AND ABOUT 900 MORE OF THE STUNTS YOU SEE ABOVE

BUSTER LIVED TO BE 70 YEARS OLD

FATHERED LIKE FOUR KIDS AND EIGHT GRANDKIDS

HE CAME OUT THE OTHER SIDE OF ALL THAT

THINKING THAT LIFE WAS GOOD AND PEOPLE WERE WONDERFUL

BUSTER KEATON IS NOT JUST A STUNTMAN

HE IS A GODDAMN SAINT

BUSTER KEATON’S PARENTS WERE PART OF A TRAVELING SHOW.

THEY WERE ACROBATS.

THEY TOOK BABY BUSTER UP HIGH IN THE AIR WITH THEM.

THEY DROPPED HIM.

LUCKILY SOMEONE WHO WAS STANDING UNDER THEM CAUGHT BABY BUSTER.

THAT MAN WAS HARRY HOUDINI. 

HARRY HOUDINI SAVED BUSTER KEATON’S LIFE.

if you don’t think that’s the coolest shit you can get right out.

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kierongillen:

saxifraga-x-urbium:

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Series 3, Episode 6: Marriage.

I’ve been resisting Reblogging this for about 10 minutes. That’s how much willpower I have now.

God, Stewart Lee is incredible.

As with all the best of the comedians that I love, that a lot of people hate for being “mean” or “grumpy - he hates himself way more than he hates you. But he hates you too.

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"On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
“I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?”
“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in."

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Giveaway!

Who wants free Image books? One winner will receive these books!

Want to enter the raffle? Just ♥ this post.

I’ll select one winner on Monday, May 19th, 12 PM EST!

Books included:

Comeback, Mara, Zero, Pretty Deadly, Three and Nowhere Men

 

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Best TV Halloween costume … ever.


This is SO good. What a genius idea.

huffposttv:

Best TV Halloween costume … ever.

This is SO good. What a genius idea.

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    I commented about The Purge on GetGlue



“The Purge is not actually awful. Is something you can say about it. Totally by-the-numbers home-invasion movie, better than The Strangers, but wracked my brain throughout trying to work out why it needed the social science-fiction premise…

Barring a few cute bits of wallpaper, and maybe one exceptionally fun Lena Headey scene that couldn’t have happened anywhere else, The Purge premise was kinda squandered.

(Which may be why people really reacted against it - the buzz suggested a completely different focus.)”



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I commented about The Purge on GetGlue

“The Purge is not actually awful. Is something you can say about it. Totally by-the-numbers home-invasion movie, better than The Strangers, but wracked my brain throughout trying to work out why it needed the social science-fiction premise… Barring a few cute bits of wallpaper, and maybe one exceptionally fun Lena Headey scene that couldn’t have happened anywhere else, The Purge premise was kinda squandered. (Which may be why people really reacted against it - the buzz suggested a completely different focus.)”

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Michael Georgiou did this incredible piece of art inspired by our podcast 2 Grown Men. He’s lovely!(The podcast is here, by the way!)

Michael Georgiou did this incredible piece of art inspired by our podcast 2 Grown Men. He’s lovely!

(The podcast is here, by the way!)

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Blimey. This is ridiculously cute.

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brianmichaelbendis:

Pages from Cages,by Dave McKean

Amazing.

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Anonymous said: How do I stop being upset by/obsessing about the fact that you don't follow me back on Twitter? Seems like some meaningless shit I should be able to let go of, idk.

kierongillen:

I’ll tell you what’s worse - the moment you realise you’ve been following someone out of politeness and they’ve unfollowed you. Why was I listening to their boring rubbish? Pah! Pah!

Don’t worry. I get this too. It’s especially funny when I realise they’re following Jamie and not me (or vice versa). You just have to let go. People use their twitters in lots of different ways. There’s people I know pretty well in real life I don’t follow.

Me? I follow a lot of people and I don’t think I’m capable of following many more. I probably need to strim my list a little.

I still have “Wait - am I not following them? I totally should be” moments though.  I also don’t follow my new followers, so I’m occasionally surprised by someone messaging me in a “Crap! XYZ is following me! Why am I not them?” moment.

Just relax. Life is too short to worry about social media malarkies.

This is a pretty well articulated summation of how I feel, most of the time, about social networks.

Facebook is for social obligations, Twitter is for casual conversation, Tumblr is for… other stuff.

I can’t get worked up about whether or not someone is following me on Twitter. I talk about ALL the things I’m interested in on there, and I know that makes me too high-traffic for a lot of people, so why would I feel bad if someone I know, or don’t know but care about, follows me?

(Related: Someone fairly well-known that I LOVE - super talented, super funny, and just really cool - followed me over there the other day, surprised that they didn’t already, because we talk quite regularly there - usually because I’ve commented on something they’ve said.

I was actually a bit worried about it, because at the moment they know me as someone who is engaging on a small range of topics that they’re interested in, and now they’re going to be exposed to the full weight of my twitter activity.

I warned them of as much. One of my favourite people on Twitter, who is actually quite well-known on there, and I’m half-telling them, only half-joking, that they might not want to follow me.

This is not the sort of thing I imagined happening when I was at school 25 years ago.)

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Y’know what Tumblr? Last hours before Dr Who are a pretty good time to listen to the Spoilers ep of Unanswered : http://unansweredpodcast.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/show-17/

Great advice on spoilers and spoiler-shaming. And we don’t spoil ANYTHING doing it.

@11 months ago | Comments

    I commented about Criminal Minds on GetGlue



“After Criminal Minds this week, have to wonder again: Who decides that “dreamlike sequences while in coma/surgery” eps are a good idea? Am I missing something? Is there an assumption in TV that US audiences believe that stuff really, REALLY happens when you’re near-death?”



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I commented about Criminal Minds on GetGlue

“After Criminal Minds this week, have to wonder again: Who decides that “dreamlike sequences while in coma/surgery” eps are a good idea? Am I missing something? Is there an assumption in TV that US audiences believe that stuff really, REALLY happens when you’re near-death?”

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