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after that article from the other day, good stuff.
I read about 1 and a half pages and gave up.
Basically he was chatting to someone from a magazine but just generally, not as an interview and was saying things as a joke and playing homagé to a character from his book the Hippopotamus (I believe) and it got blown out of proportion and the story got printed as if that were his beliefs, and they are not.
'He who smelt, it dealt it'
I think I'm being really stupid here but I'm genuinely confused how that works.
I keep seeing "CG" every where. How can I have been a part of this website for half a decade and be so unaware?
I'm so behind :(
any kind of explanation will need lots of long words and mentions of origins and reasons.
*lives under rock*
..I think it was 'The Liar' which was nearly 20 years ago.
one of his character's holds that belief, I don't think Stephen Fry does and if he did he wouldn't state it to be published.
just the one expressed by a character. And it was 'Hippopotamus'.
I GET IT
he's already written one, and surely he hasn't had two lives, and why would anyone who'd read the first one want to read the second one.
Presumably the first book was about the first half of his life. The second one is about fucking wallpaper paste and porridge and fucking keyboards and fucking dust
i guess the new one is the celebrity years
eg. Before anything overly interesting had happened to him. It was essentially one very long teaser for the feature attraction.
where a boy who thinks he has magic semen rapes a horse and shags his cousin
that does make sense to be fair.
i was just confused that in interviews interviewers were dragging up the whole walking out a play thing as if it was in this book and not something he'd already wrote about 10 or so years ago.
But that doesn't mean I'd rather have had that than lots of anecdotes about Jeeves & Wooster.
The first one doesn't reach that point. Presumably it's the new one. It was just something people were already familiar with, but he hadn't written about it himself yet.
it was admittedly a long time ago i read it.
fair enough then. just ignore everything i've written.
I don't think it came from Julie Burchill (who would be one to talk anyway)
i liked the first one (as a 15 year old) but the second one was terrible.
It wasn't Julie Burchill's line - she nabbed it.
I haven't seen the original story, but I saw the front page of the magazine and it made no mention of this "controversy". I don't know if it was played up in the article itself, but I imagine not. I imagine what happened was that a newsdesk editor on the Observer got a copy, flung it at a reporter, and said "People love Fry, get a story out of that will you?" which the reporter duly did. Kick-off ensues.
So for Fry to blame the Attitude reporter for stitching him up is a bit much. He should know better.
"Paul Flynn, the journalist who spoke to Fry, said: "I thought it was quite an odd generalisation to make at the time, but he delivered it with certainty and it was clearly something he'd thought about.""
I'm gonna go up to a hot girl later and say if she doesn't fuck me, i'll have her brother executed. If it goes badly, i'll just say I was humourously pretending to be Angelo from Measure for Measure and it isn't my fault if she's ill-read.
Stephen Fry doesn't have any witty quotes attributed to him. You'd think he would.
"I have not read a single newspaper article on this whole issue and I may well have got hold of the wrong end of the whole silly stick."
But MAN he is a bit of an insufferable clunge...
i was a bit confused when i heard the story tbh. he IS intelligent and that is a really really stupid thing to say.
...being intelligent is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are; you aren't.
Fry seems to spend an inordinate amount of time pointing out to others how clever he is. This I don't like.