The host of the British Academy awards has gone offline after responding to those offended by a joke he made about costume designer Jenny Beavan
The actor, who has hosted the ceremony since 2001, referred to costume design award-winner Jenny Beavan’s appearance after she left the stage, which caused offence online. “Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady,” he joked.
After users tweeted him their distaste, he angrily responded in a number of updates, reminding people that Beavan is a close friend of his and she was aware of his intention. He wrote: “Will all you sanctimonious fuckers fuck the fuck off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate. Christ I want to leave the planet”.
Fry continued to argue with users during the night and retweet those who were supporting him. He also shared a picture of himself and Beavan, with the caption: “Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry at the #EEBAFTAs after party”.
Fry was also criticised on Twitter for his Eddie Redmayne introduction: “He has been a man trapped in his own body, a woman trapped in a man’s body and, if I had my way, a man trapped in my basement.”
But he has received support from other celebrities on Twitter, including Rebel Wilson, who also came under fire for her transgender and race jokes.
It has not been confirmed whether Fry will return to host the Baftas next year. The night’s big winners included Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson, as best actor and actress.
This article was written by Benjamin Lee, for theguardian.com on Monday 15th February 2016 10.19 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010