Stephen Fry tells Twitter users to ‘fuck off’ following BAFTA ‘bag lady’ row

Host appears to have deleted Twitter account over Jenny Beavan insult

Stephen Fry appears to have deleted his Twitter account after falling out with users over a controversial joke he made at the BAFTAs last night.

Fry hosted the ceremony, which was held in London last night (February 14) and saw Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet among the winners.

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During the ceremony, costume designer Jenny Beavan picked up the prize for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road. Shortly after leaving the stage with her Best Costume Designer prize, Fry said of Beavan: “Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to the awards ceremony dressed like a bag lady.”

Beavan attended the Royal Opera House ceremony wearing a black leather jacket, grey scarf, baggy white T-shirt and dark trousers. The joke at her expense caused outrage on Twitter, with many users criticising Fry for his comment.

The backlash was significant enough for Fry to address it online after the ceremony. “So just a word to the tragic figures who think calling Jenny Bevan [sic] a bag lady was an insult. She’s a dear friend and she got it. Derrr,” he tweeted.

“Will all you sanctimonious fuckers fuck the fuck off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate. Christ I want to leave the planet,” he added.

Tweeting from the after show party, the comedian also posted a picture of himself with Beavan and wrote: “Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry”

However, it now appears that Fry’s Twitter account has been deleted with the URL leading to an error page that reads: “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”

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