“It’s no big deal, as it shouldn’t be. But yes, for anyone interested I have indeed deactivated my Twitter account,” actor Stephen Fry announced in a blog post on Monday (Feb. 15), after getting skewered on the social media site Sunday for a joke said at the BAFTA awards.
The joke in question is that the 58-year-old British comedian referred to Best Costume Designer winner Jenny Beaven as a “bag lady” after she picked up her award for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and many people thought it wasn’t funny at all, just mean.
However, Fry admits his dramatic decision probably isn’t permanent, writing, “I’ve ‘left’ Twitter before, of course: many people have time off from it whether they are in the public eye or not. Think of it as not much more than leaving a room. I like to believe I haven’t slammed the door, much less stalked off in a huff throwing my toys out of the pram as I go or however one should phrase it. It’s quite simple really. The room had started to smell. Really quite bad.”
Explaining in detail why Twitter is like a dirty pool, Fry goes on to write, “It is frothy with scum, clogged with weeds and littered with broken glass, sharp rocks and slimy rubbish. If you don’t watch yourself, with every move you’ll end up being gashed, broken, bruised or contused. Even if you negotiate the sharp rocks you’ll soon feel that too many people have peed in the pool for you to want to swim there any more. The fun is over.”
Fry tried to apologize Sunday night for his joke, posting a photo with Beavan with the caption, “Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry at the after party,” but it was too little, too late for his 12 million followers, and Fry gave up. However, similar to how he first threatened to leave in 2009 for being called “boring,” and then actually quitting in 2014 only to return soon after, it’s safe to assume that the actor will be back on Twitter in due time.