Saturday 21 July 2018

Stephen Fry tells sex abuse victims to 'grow up' prompting social media outrage

Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry

Lexi Finnigan

Stephen Fry has told sex abuse victims to "grow up" because self-pity is the “ugliest emotion in humanity”, prompting a social media outcry following a US chat interview.

he actor, 58, was speaking to chat show host Dave Rubin about the controversial Cecil Rhodes statue at Oriel college, Oxofrd, which campaigners want removed.

And he said some people are becoming too sensitive and criticised those who avoid “trigger words” for fear of controversy.

The former QI presented said: “There are many great plays which contain rapes, and the word rape now is even considered a rape.

“They’re terrible things and they have to be thought about, clearly, but if you say you can’t watch this play, you can’t watch Titus Andronicus, or you can’t read it in an English class, or you can’t watch Macbeth because it’s got children being killed in it, it 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 your uncle touched you in that nasty place – you get some of my sympathy – but your self pity gets none of my sympathy.”

He added: “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.”

Following the comments, Fry, who is the president of mental health charity MIND was branded “hypocritical” and “dangerous” by angry social media users.

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