Friday 23 February 2018

Baftas host Stephen Fry hits back over 'bag lady' quip at 'dear friend'

Stephen Fry said he was just
Stephen Fry said he was just "joshing" when he said Bafta-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan was "dressed as a bag lady"

Stephen Fry had harsh words for the winner of the Bafta Award for costume design - although he has insisted they were just "joshing".

Jenny Beavan, who won the prize for Mad Max: Fury Road, took to the stage in trousers, a leather jacket and a scarf.

After she collected the award, awards host Fry quipped: "Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards dressed as a bag lady."

The dig drew mixed reactions from the audience, with some booing.

But Fry tweeted: "So just a word to the tragic figures who think calling Jenny Beavan a bag lady was an insult. She's a dear friend and she got it. Derrr."

He added: "Will all you sanctimonious f****** f*** the f*** off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate.

"Christ I want to leave the planet."

He said they had worked together on Gosford Park and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.

Beavan accepted the awards with the words: "I live, I die, I live again", before praising the directors she had worked with throughout her career.

Fry later tweeted a picture of himself with his arm around Beavan.

He wrote: "Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry at the #EEBAFTAs after party."

Press Association

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