Stephen Fry Ditches Twitter After Backlash Over BAFTA Joke

British actor and comic Stephen Fry has shut down his Twitter account after dealing with a flurry of criticism on the social media platform for a joke he made at Sunday’s British Academy Movie Awards.

"It is fairly easy, actually," Fry wrote in a publish on his web site explaining why he left the social media service. "The room had began to odor. Actually fairly dangerous."

The comic and BAFTA host made a joke about his good friend, costume designer Jenny Beaven, by which he stated that, "Solely one of many nice cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag woman," the BBC quoted him as saying.

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Twitter has confronted some robust occasions lately because it faces declining usership, complaints about on-line abuse, and a falling inventory worth. The corporate launched a "Belief & Security Council" on Feb. 9 cobbled collectively from greater than forty organizations, most of which give attention to some type of harassment or bullying.

The house of one hundred forty-character min-commentary has turn out to be "a stalking floor for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who like to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended — worse, to be offended on behalf of others they don’t even know," Fry wrote on his web site on Monday. "It is as nasty and unwholesome a attribute as might be imagined."