Stephen Fry Defends “Bag Lady” Joke — Then Deletes Twitter Account

This comedian’s joke about a BAFTA winning costume designer’s wardrobe choice has the Twitterati up in arms.

BAFTA presenter Stephen Fry’s joke over Jenny Beavan’s choice of clothes spurred outrage among the online users, with many deeming the comedian’s comments as offensive.

After Beavan took home the award for her costume designing work in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Fry, who has hosted the BAFTA awards since 2011 remarked, “Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady.”

The comment came after Beavan, highly acclaimed for her work, left the stage wearing a black leather jacket, gray scarf, baggy white T-shirt and dark trousers to the event held at the Royal Opera House in London.

Even though Beavan is a longtime friend of Fry and the joke was apparently made in good humor, the Twitterati was not amused and the "Sherlock Holmes" actor lost quite a few fans over it.


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Soon after the reaction, Fry launched a furious tirade on Twitter and defended his statements — with quite a lot of colorful language.

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He also posed with the award winning costume designer during the BAFTA and posted the picture on his social media account, captioning it, "Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry."

Fry tried to clarify that he thought it ironic the designer dressed so simply, even though she bagged the Best Costume Designer award.

When the Internet refused to relent and accept his explanation, the 58-year old actor turned to his age-old strategy of quitting his social media account.


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