After leaving Twitter for being misquoted an interview in the November issue of Attitude magazine, British actor and writer Stephen Fry has begun to Tweet again. The image of a boarded up shop window has been replaced with Fry’s face. Just seeing Fry’s face gracing the “Twitterverse” again has delighted Fry’s nearly two million followers.
So far the openly gay and bipolar Fry has posted exactly one tweet since announcing “Bye bye” on Halloween. The tweet reads, “Hello there! Thought it was time I had a little blog. To set the record straight. Or straightish. http://fry.am/041110”
Fry’s blog is featured on his official web site, The New Adventures of Stephen Fry. Unlike many other celebrities, Fry actually writes his own blog posts. The post, appropriately titled “Silliness.” Goes on for four pages and illustrated with a comic from one of Fry’s friends.
Fry still insists that Attitude reporter Paul Flynn misquoted him. Fry caused a feminist furor (which is a little more powerful that a tempest in a teacup) when he was quoted as saying that women do not enjoy sex and only engage in it to have a relationship. Fry claims he does not even remember the interview, which was actually not an interview but what he assumed was a private chat in a “narrow, little room.”
Fry writes in his own unique style:
“I suppose the keenest disappointment I feel about the past week and the almost incredible weirdnesses its has brought in its train is the idea that there are people out there who actually swallow the notion that I am so stupid as to believe that women don’t enjoy sex. … But I repeat: it is not the fury, the insult, the hysteria, the tut-tutting, the head-shaking or indeed the intemperate abuse that has apparently come from some quarters, none of those have astonished me so much as the disappointingly wholesale acceptance by so many individuals that I might genuinely have been such a tw*tty prune as ever to have meant such a bizarre thing….
Spank me with a fly whisk … I’m probably doomed to lurch from embarrassing moment to embarrassing moment for the rest of my life. Heigh ho.”
Fry also notes that the sympathetic Tweets he received distressed him more than harassing ones because he never reads his own interviews or press because it has a tendency to upset him.
Fry quit Twitter in a similar fashion on Halloween of 2009, which makes Fry followers wonder if this will now be an annual event.