Stephen Fry apparently quits Twitter
Fry says ‘Bye Bye’ after ‘misquoted’ article turns him into the ‘antichrist’
Stephen Fry has apparently quit Twitter in a fit of pique after claiming he was misquoted in an interview in which he said women don't really enjoy sex.
Fry signed off Twitter at around 2pm on Sunday with the words "Bye Bye" and has not posted anything since.
His Twitter account is now showing as 'No longer in service' prompting fears that the serial tweeter has finally upped and left the site.
An hour before his final posting on Sunday, Fry had lashed out at an article which appeared in the Observer, picking up on comments he had made in an interview with the gay magazine Attitude. He wrote: "So some fucking paper misquotes a humorous interview I gave, which itself misquoted me, and now I'm the antichrist. I give up."
The "humourous interview" in question appears in the November issue of Attitude. In the course of it, he - apparently - said women were not really interested in sex and that he felt "sorry for straight men" as a result.
"The only reason women will have sex with them is that sex is the price they are willing to pay for a relationship with a man, which is what they want," he said.
"Of course, a lot of women will deny this and say, 'Oh no, but I love sex, I love it!' But do they go around having it the way that gay men do?"
Feminist journalist Rosie Boycott said the claims were "kind of rubbish" and betrayed an innate ignorance about the reality of female sexuality.
"Women are just as capable as men are of enjoying sex," she said. "We don't go cruising or cottaging on Hampstead Heath because we don't need to. Women have other ways to get our thrills."
The Observer has defended the article saying the quotations "fully and accurately reflect the opinions he expressed [in Attitude]. He has no grounds for complaint against this newspaper."
Fry posts an average six tweets a day to his 1.9 million followers if he has quit the site, it wouldn't be the actor and comedian's first Twitter tantrum.
In October last year he announced he was leaving the site after one of his followers called his tweets boring. However, he later relented, putting the outburst down to a bad mood and admitting he had been "foolish". ·