A helluva lot of people on Twitter have been long time followers of Stephen Fry. I'm not one of them, but this isn't because I don't like him. He's a leftie, sure. But he's so funny, witty, articulate and well-read. He's also not a censorious type; much more of a free speech supporter in the tradition of Christopher Hitchens. The reason I never got around to checking out his tweets was lack of time, really. I'm following too many smart people already...
In any case it looks like I've missed my chance to do this -- at least for a long while. He's left Twitter, see. And surprise surprise it was due in major part to those vile SJWs! Turns out they were not amused by what he said while presenting the BAFTAs:
Fry has been presenting the Bafta film awards for 11 years and audiences have become used to his cutting wit, often involving quips about many of the stars involved.
Beavan, who won the Bafta for Best Costume Design for Mad Max: Fury Road, came onto the stage at London's Royal Opera House wearing a black leather jacket, white t-shirt and dark trousers.
Following her acceptance speech and once she had left the stage, Fry said: "Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to the awards dressed like a bag lady."
Fulminating frightbats aplenty went apoplectic over this quip. It turned out to be the straw that broke the camel's back. In Fry's own words:
To leave that metaphor, let us grieve at what twitter has become. A stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who love to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended – worse, to be offended on behalf of others they do not even know. It’s as nasty and unwholesome a characteristic as can be imagined. It doesn’t matter whether they think they’re defending women, men, transgender people, Muslims, humanists … the ghastliness is absolutely the same. It makes sensible people want to take an absolutely opposite point of view. I’ve heard people shriek their secularism in such a way as to make me want instantly to become an evangelical Christian.
Given that Fry is renowned for his defiant atheism, that last line is pretty significant!
Though he's in a class way above the vast majority of socialists, this is still a case of the Left eating its own. While it is an unfortunate development it is another sign that the scourge of the SJWs is likely nearing its end.
Hell, if a mega-famous gay atheist and darling of the Left can become a target of these bolshie bullies it proves no one is safe from them. That he finds their attacks so dispiriting that he throws in the, er, twowel is a testament to just how toxic they truly are. From now on, either those under attack from these vicious trolls will become immune to them or end up leaving the social networks en masse. I think the former outcome is the most likely.
Well, I certainly hope it is...