All the people criticising Stephen Fry for his comments, I recommend you watch the full interview with his comments in context before saying things like “why is he telling victims to be quiet he must be a paedophile”. Yes I’ve actually seen someone say that.
For convenience here’s a mostly accurate transcription of the entire second half of the interview (rather than the media-chopped version designed to mislead people)–
Rubin: I find in America right now it’s the left—what people are referring
to as the regressive left—that seems to be coming after language and speech. Do
you see that? Is that happening across the pond too? I suspect it is.
Fry: We fear that it is going to happen more and more because America
leads and Britain follows in all kinds of ways, and I think it’s started to
happen in Britain with the removal of—or the attempted removal of statues of
people who are considered unlikeable—
Rubin: That were once very beloved—
Fry: Once beloved, and have become in a very 1984 way “unpersons”,
and suddenly someone—because they were an imperialist—Cecil Rhodes is the
example I’m thinking of who is probably best known in America because of the
Rhodes scholarships that Americans take to get into oxford, and he founded the
country called Rhodesia, hence its name, which is now Zimbabwe of course … and
he was a real empire builder, and he was I’m sure a monster, he once said “to
be born British was to have drawn first prize in the lottery of life.” And
there is a big sculpture or something of him in Oxford College, and there was a
movement because people were offended by this,
because he stood for values that we now regard, rightly I think, as terrible:
stealing other people countries, not a good thing to do—and raiding all their
mineral wealth. But to remove his statue strikes me as being stupid. I mean the
way to fight colonialism and the ideas behind it is not to pull down statues,
it is to actually reveal who he is, to say “this is who this man was, look at
him”. You might occasionally throw an egg at it.
Rubin: And this is like when in America we now don’t—they won’t
show repeats of the show ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ because they had a confederate flag
on it, or I’ll even hear, you know, Thomas Jefferson, people will say well—you know
it’s known that he was sleeping with one of his slaves—and people say well he
was a rapist and we should now—but he also, he also helped free the slaves—
Fry: I know, because life is complicated, and nobody wants to
believe that life is complicated. This is the problem. I suppose you might call
it the infantilism of our culture. You know, the food people eat is pappy soft
food that barely needs a knife and fork to be eaten, they a’sfdhvdkvb;sidadbs
in their mouth like that, and these sugary drinks that grown-ups have, with baseball
caps on them—baseball caps! Wear a baseball cap on a baseball field. Nowhere
else. Do you understand? And don’t drink these drinks once you’re over 12 years
old. Just don’t. And above all, when you go to the cinema, don’t go to see
superheroes hitting each other! That’s for children! Do you understand?
Rubin: Well it sounds like somebody didn’t get the bad guy role in
Batman vs Superman!
Fry: I know it does, but seriously, there is deep infantilism in
the culture, and that extends—you know you can laugh at it in terms of what
people wear and what films they see, but in terms of the way they think, they
can’t bear complexity. The idea that things aren’t easy to understand—that there’s
a ‘Mmm’, but there’s a ‘Aaah’. You have to think; there are gradations, you
know. That, no one wants that, they want to be told, or they want to be able to
decide and say ‘This is good, this is bad. I’m saying so.’ Anything that in any
way conflicts with that is not to be borne. And on student campuses this idea
Rubin: Trigger warnings! Safety!
Fry: There are many great plays which contain rapes. And the word
‘rape’ now is even considered a rape—to say the word ‘rape’ is to rape. It has
an interesting Latin root, and the word ‘raptor’ comes from the same root, ‘rapine’,
and there are all kinds of words from it, ‘violate’, you know these—they’re
terrible things, and they have to be thought about, clearly. But if you say you
can’t watch this play, you know, you can’t watch ‘Titus Andronicus’, or you can’t
read it in a Shakespeare class, or you can’t read Macbeth because you’ve got
children being killed, and you might trigger something when you were young that
upset you once because uncle touched you in a nasty place, well I’m sorry. It’s
a great shame and we’re all very sorry that uncle touched you in that nasty
place, you get some of my sympathy, but your self-pity gets none of my
sympathy, because self-pity is the ugliest emotion in humanity. Get rid of it,
because no one’s going to like you if you feel sorry for yourself. The irony is
we’ll feel sorry for you if you stop feeling sorry for yourself. Just grow up.
I had to show you, I bought Stephen Fry flavour crisps. Whilst his misogyny puts files him as “annoyed at” in my brain, Stephen Fry crisps will never not be funny. I hoped they would taste like the Builder’s Breakfast crisps they had in limited edition and were AWESOME. A Fry Up is basically the same thing, no?
WELL THESE ARE NOT A PATCH ON THE BUILDER’S BREAKFAST CRISPS. I thought I tasted an egg at one point, but no. Builder’s Breakfast tasted of everything! These taste of crisp. And now they’re all in my teeth.
I bought a new moustache/beard pencil in a colour closer to my hair. Yay.
I love crisps, and these are for charity. I can finally feel good about eating crisps. They don’t actually taste too horrendous either, owing to the fact that they are basically just smoky bacon flavour.