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skdadl

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Stephen Fry
« on: October 31, 2010, 11:57:17 AM »
A kind of sad thing has happened in the UK media and on Twitter over an interview that the celebrated actor, writer, and bon vivant Stephen Fry gave in which he made loose comments about straight and gay sexuality. The current best summary of the story is here, at the Guardian.

On the one hand, a lot of what Fry said (I believe the quotes are legit) sure comes at me from the wrong direction, especially what he says about straight women's sexuality.

On the other, two things. However badly he put his thoughts, he reminds me of a number of other intellectuals who have speculated on human bisexuality, omnisexuality. Gore Vidal, eg, has been saying for decades that people are only straight out of convention and fear, although he puts that more carefully and eloquently -- but that's obviously what he thinks.

I don't happen to think that, but it doesn't bother me that some people have bonobo urges (omnisex).

To me, the most telling of Fry's comments are about straight men, not women, whom he clearly doesn't understand very well, or sure doesn't speak about very well.

Fry's other problem is that he comes from a generation and a Brit theatre  culture that is probably past its due date, was used to being considered amusing and charming but can't cope with anti-oppression theory and the way it kills all their best jokes.

Anyway, he flounced from Twitter this a.m. after he saw the Guardian article and presumably a lot of tweets. He has struggled with depression. I would be sorry to see that last. He's very talented and admirable in many ways.


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Re: Stephen Fry
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2010, 03:51:59 AM »
Fry claims he said them in jest.
 
Rather fond of parks myself actually. Also golf courses.
They smell nice and there's never piles of laundry/empty pizza boxes to contend with, but mainly no one expects you to stay over in a park.

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Re: Stephen Fry
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2010, 08:09:15 AM »
You have those too (the piles of laundry and empty pizza boxes)? Where do they come from anyway?

 

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