We would begin this story by embedding some of Stephen Fry’s typically magnificent Twitter output, but that’s actually the story itself: he’s apparently gone and deleted his account. 

Stephen Fry Quits Twitter After “Sanctimonious” BAFTAs Joke Criticism

The notable absence of the ideal Briton on the social media platform follows his 11th straight hosting gig at the BAFTAs; after presenting an award to costume designer Jenny Beavan for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road, Fry pulled a quip on her casual attire, saying “only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag-lady.”

Fry defended his statement as a joke – even going so far as to post a picture of the pair together after the fact.

Stephen Fry Quits Twitter After “Sanctimonious” BAFTAs Joke Criticism

via Twitter / The Guardian. 

Twitter’s response was not so light-hearted, with other users calling out his jibe as needlessly misogynistic. 

If we’re being completely honest, it was a line that didn’t serve anybody in particular, and it could be taken as uncharacteristic misstep from a bloke who is known world-wide for running his mouth in a totally loveable way. 

Stephen Fry Quits Twitter After “Sanctimonious” BAFTAs Joke Criticism

Regardless, before the account was pulled, Fry rallied against the “sanctimonious fuckers” who didn’t realise “joshing is legitimate,” closing with the statement “Christ I want to leave the planet.” 

It’s not the first time Fry’s left Twitter, but being having a joke so publically shat upon online doesn’t bode well for his return. Not at all. 

Source: BBC / Guardian.
Photo: David M. Benett / Getty.